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Tonga Garlic Basket - Medium
These baskets are woven from ilala palm outside the city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The Tonga women pass down their traditional weaving techniques, utilizing the abundant plant life that continues to sustain their families. Like the gourds that inspire their forms, no two baskets are alike.
Size: 16-19 inches
Country of Origin: Zimbabwe* Due to the artisanal nature of this product, color and size may vary.
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Artisan Organization: Bringa Basket Weavers
“The construction of the Kariba Dam along the Zambezi River in the 1950s disrupted the traditional riverside existence of the BaTonga people of northern Zimbabwe, The social and environmental effects of this massive resettlement are still being felt in the fishing and farming economics. Thankfully the Tonga women have maintained their traditional weaving techniques, making craft an important source of income. These iconic baskets are a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of resilient women who utilize the abundant natural resources of the Binga region to sustain not only their families, but their culture.”