Intricately woven. Craftswomen in Rwanda use timeless tradition to weave carefully dyed sisal fibers and sweet grass to make stunning one of a kind pieces rich in cultural meaning and purpose.
Product Meaning & Purpose:
Baskets carry their own symbolism in Rwanda. Because friends give them to celebrate major life events such as weddings, births and graduations, baskets are proudly displayed as symbols of wealth of friends, family and life.
This cathedral-shaped basket is the signature vessel of Rwanda, the “friendship” basket. It holds such important meaning in Rwanda’s culture that it’s featured on the country’s national emblem. Also known as the agaseke basket, it is a symbol of generosity, gratitude and compassion, and embodies giving. Thus, agaseke baskets are commonly given to friends, family members or hosts at significant life events such as weddings, births and graduations, stuffed full of fresh and dried foods as a token of love. Recipients proudly display them in their homes. Beyond friendship, agaseke baskets represent usefulness, the skill required to create them, and deep ties to the land and womanhood. Beautifully made, agaseke baskets have a myriad of uses. “Savoring the world only takes place when you get along. The world makes no sense without friendship.” Rwandan proverb
Details & Dimensions:
· Approximately 9” tall x 5” wide
· Made in Rwanda
· Product is made from all natural fibers of sisal and sweet grass
· Organic dyes are used to dye the sisal
· Profiled weaver tag is attached to each product
· Safe to use with food
*All products are made by hand with love and vary slightly in color and size.
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Made of natural fibers and grass; do not submerge or wash with water.
If necessary, use a damp cloth to wipe clean.