Swahili African Modern

Makenge Wedding Baskets

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman's most useful and valuable possession. Meticulously harvesting the tough roots of the Makenge bush, boiling until soft, coloring the roots with natural plant dyes --many steps must occur before weaving begins. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.
Each basket is unique, featuring the natural tone of the roots with designs woven in black and natural rust colors.
  • Size: 16-17" diam x 2" deep
Handmade in Zambia