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Baskets

Weaving Hope offers four handmade African basket bowl designs, created via traditional methods by women artisans of the Gitarama village in Rwanda.  Measuring approximately 12" in diameter and 3" in height, the baskets make great conversation pieces as part of your home décor.  Display them as a wall hanging, a table centerpiece or a bedroom adornment.

The artisan basket weavers belong to the village women's cooperative, which help them combat poverty.  Authentic basket weaving provides these women with meaningful employment and a way to take care of their families.

To produce the baskets, they wrap smooth sisal fibers around native grasses and reeds. The process is quite manual.  First, the women extract the fibers from sisal plant leaves that grow in their fields, then dye them in large black kettles to the desired colors.  The basket weavers then assemble each basket by hand, one-at-a-time, recreating a specific pattern from memory to produce the vibrantly colorful designs.

The below pictures are of the basket makers in Gitarama, some actually working on baskets for our Weaving Hope mission.

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Weaver’s workspace
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Sisal fiber extraction
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Weaving together
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Colorful Assortment.  Crafted with Love.
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Women’s Cooperative - Basket Production.