African Tonga Basket
African Tonga Basket: Tonga baskets are hand made by women of the Tonga tribe in Zambia, known throughout the world for their basket weaving techniques and skill. Each basket is treated with equal care and creativity, takes about two weeks to complete and has a distinct and unique design. The baskets are made out of Ilala palm leaves, each one hand picked and specially selected. The baskets all have an individual design and once complete, transform from a beautiful and natural product to a beautiful, natural and sturdy artistic statement.
Tonga baskets were traditionally made to carry agricultural produce, to strain and to serve food. You can see women working the fields, balancing Tonga baskets on their heads. They are still used out in the fields of Zambia and other parts of Africa, but of late have become much desired items throughout the world, as soft furnishings, art pieces and collector’s items.
The Tonga baskets have square bottoms so they can easily stand alone. Each basket is a different size, symmetry and pattern. They come in natural colors, creams, browns, earthy reds and greens, and only natural dyes are used. They’re a beautiful way to bring a little African design into your traditional or contemporary home. Many people create Tonga basket displays on their walls, while others use them in the kitchen or as creative decor accessories.
No matter what you are using your Tonga basket (or baskets) for, they look beautiful in any home. Our Tonga baskets are of top quality, 100% unique and of extraordinary texture and symmetry. It’s sometimes hard to believe they are made by hand. Display them together, individually, or simply create a collage statement. Each Tonga basket will have you in awe of the women who make them.
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