Large Green Zulu Basket – South Africa

Winning Bid: $70.00

Valued at $190

Donated by Baskets of Africa

Item condition: New


This amazing turquoise and greens Zulu Wire Basket was donated by Baskets of Africa. This particular shaped basket looks stunning sitting on a shelf or table and works well as a vase for dried flowers if you weight the base by filling it with marbles or stones. These are incredible, intricately designed African baskets, with some using accents of bare copper wire. The past and the future are fused together in the creation of this beautiful basket. Zulu weavers have taken the intricate designs and incredible craftsmanship of their natural fiber baskets and turned them into brightly-colored art using plastic-coated wire. Mesmerizing designs and vibrant colors are a hallmark of this functional art.

The original idea to use recycled telephone wire for baskets reportedly came from security workers on the graveyard shift in South African factories. To while away the hours, they would often wind and weave brightly colored bits of telephone wire around their nightsticks. Now wire is custom made in Durban in special colors for the weavers using recycled materials when they are available.

Weaving of these baskets from the top down and over a form makes them even more unusual. Most baskets are woven from the bottom up. These inventive weavers start with a thick wire at the top rim of the basket and then work their way down, pulling each wire taut against a form to create the basket’s shape.

This basket is 11.5” across X 8” tall and can be be cleaned by washing gently in warm, soapy water.

Wash gently with warm soapy water.

About Baskets of Africa.

Baskets of Africa was founded in 2002. Cael Chappell, currently a WARP board member, started working in African Art and Crafts in 1991 and fell in love with the incredible artistry and creativity of African basket weavers. This led to the creation of Baskets of Africa in order to focus attention on these amazing weavers and their work. He has been dedicated to the principles of Fair Trade throughout his career in Africa, so when he started Baskets of Africa, joining the Fair Trade Federation in 2003 was a natural fit.

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Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
a*******r June 26, 2022 11:28 am $70.00
f*************r June 25, 2022 1:06 am $65.00
s*********s June 24, 2022 5:20 pm $60.00
b***********3 June 24, 2022 12:34 pm $50.00
f********r June 23, 2022 7:35 pm $40.00
n***i June 23, 2022 2:41 pm $30.00
Auction started June 23, 2022 9:00 am

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