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African Zulu Telephone Wire Basket Small Funnel Bowl #3

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  • Depth: approximately 3"
  • Diameter: approximately 6"
  • Color and Pattern: gothic swirl
  • Country of Origin: South Africa

This fair trade Zulu telephone wire bowl is approximately 3" deep by 6" in diameter, with a warming spiral pattern of black color accentuating a copper swirl. If you order this striking African basket you will receive the exact one seen in the picture (there is only one). 

Zulu telephone wire baskets are hand woven by members of the Zulu tribe in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. The weavers combine traditional skills with modern materials, resulting in durable and practical works of art. These beautiful baskets are woven from the rim down, using plastic coated electrical and telephone wires with the occasional bare metal wire woven in as a highlight. Along with the skill and experience needed to produce intricate patterns, the artisan must possess great hand and forearm strength in order to achieve the tight weave. Unlike most African baskets, telephone wire baskets are often woven by men. In fact, male Zulu factory workers and miners initially wove the baskets from discarded wire found on their job sites. What began as a way to pass time turned into a source of income, and what was once trash became art. Now, several hundred artisans produce the baskets full time, providing much needed revenue to rural Zulu families, while enabling the weavers to remain in their hometowns rather than migrating in search of work. Although the baskets are often used just for display, they are rugged enough to withstand heavy use, and can easily be hand washed if needed.

About the brand: Baskets of Africa, a Fair Trade Federation member, was founded in 2002 in New Mexico. It is dedicated to sourcing a wide range of high quality baskets from throughout Africa, while adhering to fair trade principles.