Interweaving natural and dyed grasses to create intricate patterns, Tanzanian artisans hand-craft these stylish Maila Milulu baskets. The baskets are named for the weaver, Maila, who perfected the new woven design. Milulu grass reeds can be harvested carefully from the marsh without removing the entire plant, dried in the sun, dyed with natural dyes, and split for weaving. The closeness to the earth of both maker and product gives these beautifully crafted baskets widespread appeal.
For many women living in the lush southern highlands of Tanzania, life centers around subsistence farming, cooking, cleaning and caring for children. Women can weave baskets between their other duties, working daily to earn money to pay school fees, buy food, procure farming supplies and contribute to savings. When a woman has money of her own to use or share, she has greater influence over her life and future.
Sold singly, available in three sizes. Because these baskets are woven by hand, each will vary slightly.
Small: 10"D x 10"H
Medium: 12"D x 12"H
Large: 13"D x 13"H
Artisan Description :
Since 1995, Swahili has been partnering with African artisans to showcase how beautifully traditional craft methods adapt to modern life. They strive to develop products sustainably to benefit African communities.
They are a member of the Fair Trade Federation, and a Shared Interest fair trade buyer.