Zulu Illala Palm Basket Ukhamba
Approximately 13.75" Tall x 14.5" Wide x 14.5 Deep
Only one weaver in Zululand is known to create this uniquedrum-shaped basket using naturally waxy palm fronds wrapped around coils of wild grasses.
- You will receive the exact basket pictured above, woven by Thulaleni Mhlongo.
- This creative drum shape comes from artist Thulaleni Mhlongo, whose designs often incorporate complex patterns, animal motifs, and squat shapes.
- Ukhamba 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