Traditional hand weaving techniques are used to create an intricate geometric pattern in As’Art’s Batonga Basket. Named for the Tonga people who inhabit the remote Binga district of Northern Zimbabwe, the Batonga Basket represents a rich cultural heritage that is kept alive generation after generation. Utilizing locally harvested materials such as wild grasses, small vines, and palm leaves dyed with tree bark, local artisans work for up to two weeks to weave the distinct herringbone patterned basket. The result of the hand-weaving is a stunning tactile quality that imbues the object with warmth and texture making it a perfect decorative accessory for the interior, whether placed on the tabletop as a centerpiece or arranged on the wall to create a sculptural installation. The Batonga Basket is part of As’Art’s collection of sustainable craft-based objects made in developing countries. The project aims to raise the standard of living for local makers by providing them with a higher-than-average income, good working conditions, and the ability to continue the traditions of their culture. The Batonga Basket is a striking display of history, technique, and responsibility.
- A traditional African flat woven basket adds texture and intrigue to the interior
- Crafted by hand in Zimbabwe from locally harvested materials
- Perfect as a centerpiece for the table or as a sculptural element on the wall
- Each piece is unique
- The basket is part of a project to aid people in developing countries by providing fair wages
- Dried Grasses