1980s Vintage African Handwoven Basket
a large basket with lid made in 20th century, around 1986.
Experience the beauty of African craftsmanship with this exquisite 1980s Vintage African Handwoven Basket. Meticulously crafted by skilled artisans, this basket is a stunning example of traditional African artistry.
It was acquired from a collector who has been collecting baskets since the 1980s
This was one of the earliest acquisitions a rather large african collection.
- CONDITION NOTES:
- Good vintage condition
The Story behind this basket:
NGWAO BOSWA (Gomare Botswana)
This basket is made by Ngapambe
In 1986 around 40 basket weavers united in Gumare to form a cooperative called Ngwao Boswa, which means "A Traditional You Have Inherited”. Twice a week they met for basket weaving at their house in Gomare village, from where they also sell their baskets.
Basketry in Gomare is, as in other remote rural areas, an ancient agricultural craft. The basket weavers, who are mainly women use locally gathered natural materials. Formerly the baskets were, and some still are, made for utilitarian domestic needs.
There are different basic shapes woven in different techniques which are determined by their particular purpose, usually storage or transport of grain, beer and herbs. The symbolic patterns crafted through generations are related to nature or legends.
The main raw material utilized to produce Botswana baskets is the fibre of the "vegetable ivory" palm tree (Hyphaene petersiana ), called Mokola in Botswana.
To create intricate designs, the natural cream-coloured palm fibre is dyed shades of brown with the roots or bark of the Motlhakola (Euclea divinorun ) and Motsentsila (Berchemia discolor ) trees.
The 1980s Vintage African Handwoven Basket is a captivating piece that embodies the rich cultural heritage of Africa. Handcrafted with precision and care, it showcases intricate patterns and designs that tell a story of tradition and craftsmanship.
This vintage basket measures [provide dimensions] and is made from natural fibers sourced from Africa. Its durable construction ensures longevity, making it a functional and decorative addition to any space.
Dimensions: About 37 cm tall from bottom to tip top of the lid and 17cm across diameter
Weight: 900 g
- Authentic vintage African handwoven basket from the 1980s
- Exquisite craftsmanship and intricate patterns
- Made from natural fibers for an eco-friendly choice
- Sturdy and durable construction
- Suitable for functional use or as a decorative item