Large Cone shaped Zulu Illala Palm Basket Ukhamba design 10
Large Cone shaped Zulu Illala Palm Basket Ukhamba design 10
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Large Cone shaped Zulu Illala Palm Basket Ukhamba design 10

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 Zulu Illala Palm Basket Ukhamba

  • Approximately 20.5" Tall x 26.5" Wide

    These bowl-shaped African baskets have tightly stitched coil weaves. They are traditionally used to hold liquid, but are normally used in the Zulu homes for storage.
    • You will receive the exact basket pictured above.
    • Artist: Stembile Ngema
    • Smaller Ukhamba baskets are sometimes called "beer baskets." Baskets are still used for liquid storage in some rural areas of South Africa. Watertight baskets are readied by rubbing wet cornmeal inside. When liquid is added, the coils swell. Some liquid leaks through the coils and evaporates, which cools the contents.
    • Large baskets are traditionally given as wedding presents, and the patterns and designs on the basket carry cultural significance about the ceremony.
    • These baskets are all-natural. The dyes are made from materials as diverse as flower petals and mud. Some colors are very rare due to difficulty in obtaining enough of the dying materials, other colors are only available certain times of year when specific flowers bloom or other conditions are satisfied to grow and harvest the materials used in the creation of the dyes.
    • Collection of these baskets in Zululand, South Africa is challenging to say the least. Hundreds of miles are driven on dirt roads to go village to village and hut to hut collecting baskets from each individual weaver.
    • The quality of weaving and size of basket combine to determine prices on these stunning creations.


      • It takes about a year to create a Ukhamba this large.
        • Shipped from within the USA

        * Note: pictures are only as reference to the weavers