All About African Wall Baskets And Their Origin - Chicnchill

All About African Wall Baskets And Their Origin

There is a kind of rustic bohemian item that does not only look good, but they’re also the most versatile piece of decor in your home that’s been rocking the homeworld over the past few years: African wall baskets. From kitchens and sitting rooms to staircases and bedrooms, these beautiful decorative hand-woven pieces are giving traditional ‘print’ gallery walls a run for their money and adding plenty of warmth and texture to boot! Let’s learn more about the types of African baskets and their origin.

1. Where are they from?

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Beautiful Tonga baskets from Zambia

The internet has been used to popularize wicker wall baskets and now they are known all over the world. All baskets from countries like Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda, and Botswana are all featured on major social media websites like Pinterest, Etsy, and Facebook. This has increased their popularity across the globe and there are more and more people looking to buy and use them for wall decorations.

2. What are the types of African wall baskets?

There are tons of different types of African wall baskets that you can choose to add a simple and stylish element to a boring area of your home. Have a look at the loveliest wall baskets as below:

Zambian baskets should be your first consideration because they are currently the hottest wall design trend. The most renowned ones are the Tonga baskets. These are made by the Tonga women of the Southern Province of Zambia. They are handwoven baskets with a perfectly-formed square bottom and a big, circular brim.

Tonga Wicker baskets
Tonga Wicker baskets

Makenge Bush Root Baskets (Zambia Makenge) are large bushes that are found throughout the region. The roots of this bush are cut and peeled and the interior is used to make the baskets. The beautiful baskets are woven in intricate patterns and given the shapes of vases and other forms.

Zambian woven basket
Zambian women hands weave each basket over the course of two months using roots from the Makenge bush

Apart from the Zambian baskets, there are also excellent ones from Senegal. These are coil baskets with rigid walls and soft colors. They are mostly used as a home décor item and can come in various shapes and sizes too. Just like the Zambian ones, these shallow baskets were traditionally made for storing and serving dry food. They are purely hand-made and are so durable and inimitable. If you are looking to create a bold statement, then the colorful Senegalese woven wall baskets are a good pick.

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Senegalese baskets are vivid, lovely and chic and can suit most little girls’ tastes and preferences

Zulu baskets are weaved by the popular Zulu tribe in South Africa. The pot-shaped baskets are hand-woven using grass and Ilala palm leaves. Mostly Zulu Ilala Palm Baskets are used as decorative items due to their attractive finishing and color combination which have been done through the usage of natural materials which are found locally in Africa.

3. How were African wall baskets made?

African women weave the baskets with natural raw materials, such as illala palm, sisal leaves and fiber, raffia (African bamboo), fibrous tree, and plant roots such as makenge, vines, leaves (banana and fan palm), cane, bark wood, and papyrus. The fibers are woven into concentric circles, which form the base of the baskets. A large basket takes around a week to weave. If you want to know more, Let’s take a look at the art of basket weaving by Chicnchill.

African baskets
African baskets are weaved from raw, earthy materials such as grass, vines, pine needles, and papyrus

Aren’t African wall baskets fascinating? They’re truly a work of art with a magnificent background. We hope you enjoyed discovering the secret histories behind a few beautiful African baskets! Follow us to have more home decor ideas for your home!


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To hang baskets properly, thread a resistant kind of wire, such as s fish line or a metallic wire at the very centre of the basket, in order to create a loop on the back. A small nail should be enough since they are normally very light.  

Large sized Senegalese baskets or hampers are perfect storage units. They can become elegant items in your bedroom where to keep throws or home linens; stylish laundry bins to embellish your bathroom; original toys’ boxes in the kids’ room or helpful containers on your kitchen counter

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