Zulu Illala Palm Basket Ukhamba
Approximately 32" Tall x 23" Across
It takes about a year to create a Ukhamba basket this large. These beautiful collectors' items are hand woven using strips of natural palm leaves which are colored with natural dyes, then wrapped around coils of wild grasses.
- You will receive the exact basket pictured above, woven by Nomphilo Mlotshwa. A 6-inch tall stand is included. The above measurement does not include the height of the stand.
- 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 like this one 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 creation
- Shipped from within the USA
* Note: pictures are only as reference to the weavers