Vintage Botswana Basket - A Timeless Treasure of Botswana's Artistry
Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Botswana with our Vintage Botswana Basket. This exquisite piece is a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of the region, showcasing intricate designs and traditional techniques passed down through generations.
Handwoven with care and precision, each vintage basket tells a unique story. The blend of natural materials and vibrant colors creates a striking visual display, making it a captivating addition to any space. Whether used for storage, as a decorative centerpiece, or as a unique wall hanging, this vintage basket exudes a timeless charm that transcends trends.
The vintage Botswana basket is not just a decorative item; it is a symbol of the country's heritage and the skillful hands that brought it to life. Owning this basket means preserving and celebrating the artistry of Botswana's artisans while adding a touch of authenticity and cultural richness to your home.
- Material: Ngapambe
- Craftsmanship: Handwoven
- Origin: Botswana
- Usage: Storage, decorative centerpiece, wall hanging
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.
Dimensions and weight: Beautiful basket measuring about 36 cm tall from bottom to tip top of the lid and 24 cm across diameter.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can the basket be used for carrying items?
A: While the vintage Botswana basket is primarily designed for decorative purposes, it can be used to carry lightweight items such as dry goods or accessories. However, please note that its delicate nature may make it less suitable for heavy-duty use.
Q: How do I clean the basket?
A: To clean the basket, simply wipe it gently with a soft cloth or brush off any dust or debris. Avoid using water or cleaning agents as they may damage the natural fibers and intricate weaving.
Q: Can the basket be displayed outdoors?
A: It is recommended to display the basket indoors or in a covered outdoor area to protect it from direct exposure to sunlight and moisture, which can affect its durability and color.
Experience the allure of Botswana's artistry with our Vintage Botswana Basket. Handwoven with skill and care, each basket represents a timeless treasure of African heritage. Whether used for storage or as a decorative accent, this vintage piece adds a touch of authenticity and cultural richness to your home. Embrace the artistry of Botswana's artisans and bring a piece of their heritage into your living space.