Have you heard about African baskets, which are also called Tonga baskets by the locals? They’re incredibly lovely, well-made, and eco-friendly!
Because of those three characteristics, the majority of individuals are drawn to these baskets. To be honest, that’s more than enough to make it a worthwhile purchase.
However, if you dig deeper, you’ll discover that they go beyond aesthetics. They represent not just a glorious history, but also an ethnic group’s yearning for a sustainable existence and the struggle to maintain a local heritage.
The most intriguing feature of Tonga woven baskets, however, is that they are empowered by spirits, which we’ll reveal later in this article.
Let’s start by looking at where these baskets come from, and how they’re made.
1. Origin, and making process
African baskets are probably the most famous of Zambia crafts. The baskets are masterfully woven by the Tonga women of Zambia.
The primary material is ilala palm, also known as mapokwe in Tonga, which is a common tree in the country. From start to finish, each basket takes around 2 weeks to build, depending on the complexity of the design.
Throughout the years, the designs have changed. The designs have gotten increasingly complicated and diversified in order to adapt to the tastes of modern consumers.
The amount of care that the craft-women put into each item is admirable, especially when it comes to symmetry in the complicated designs. To do so, they carefully calculate the intricate design both before and throughout the weaving process.
While some of these African baskets were manufactured as birthday or wedding gifts for chiefs and kings, they were originally designed to be used for agricultural purposes. They are used to transport maize or sorghum in containers. They can also be used to winnow grains after they’ve been thrashed.
2. How to enjoy your African wall baskets in different ways
African baskets are stunning pieces of art that are delicately weaved by hand using centuries-old techniques. As you browse home décor ideas on an internet site, the colors and swirling designs will catch you at first glance.
These decorative wall baskets are not only used to hang to brighten your house, they could multitask in a variety of ways. Here are five of our favorite ways to incorporate African baskets into your home decor that are both stylish and practical.
2.1. Centerpiece basket
Your kitchen table isn’t only for meals anymore. It also serves as a craft table and a dinner table. A centerpiece is a terrific way to brighten up your table, bring some life to it, and get people talking. Adding some ornamental fruit or plants to your African colorful basket makes it a terrific centerpiece that screams, “Work time is done, let’s relax”. You can also place it on the living room table, and it will amaze any guest coming to your house.
2.2. Storage basket
We all have weird items that we don’t know what to deal with but require on a regular basis. Make the most of your woven basket by turning it into a storage catch-all.
Your basket provides the perfect short-term storage solution that’s also an accent piece, whether it’s for your kids’ toys, your dog’s leash, or your husband’s wallet that you’ve told him a thousand times to find a place for.
Now all you need to do is place it where you can easily see it, such as: bedroom-side table, hallway shelf, etc.
2.3. Wall decor basket
To brighten up your environment, your basket doesn’t have to contain anything in it! For an eye-catching way to add color and texture to your area, hang your basket (or match it with other woven bowls, baskets, or mirrors). Our one-of-a-kind patterns assist to spruce up and freshen up any space.
Every bowl and basket has a loop sewn on the back, making it even easier to hang on your wall. It’s a quick and easy way to add texture and warmth to your house.
2.4. The perfect gift basket
Are you fed up with wrapping gifts? Place your items in a handwoven basket and finish with a ribbon or bow for a two-for-one deal!
A handwoven African gift basket is the ideal one-of-a-kind gift for a housewarming, entertaining, or holiday gift. It’s perfect for anyone whose decor style is boho, vintage, or rustic.
3. Where to buy, and get inspired?
Purchasing an African wall basket is easier than you thought. Just come visit the thrift stores near you, or you can go to Kazi shop to find authentic African baskets. Our ChicnChill store is also a great alternative if you’re looking for something that is more neutral.