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Traditional Ilala Palm Zulu baskets with lid - ukhambas
Ilala Palm Woven Items
This centuries old tradition of weaving has survived time, modernisation, changes in lifestyle and wars. Very skilful weavers, mostly from around Hlabisa and Nongoma in KwaZulu Natal, continue weaving containers for a range of uses, in the same way they used to for many hundreds of years. The shapes and colours vary, and the dyes are all made from natural agents: bark, leaves, roots and flowers. The baskets are woven from any of the following plants: Umwaba, Ukhasi, Uhwani, Ncema grass and Ilala Palm. Our range is mainly Ilala palm and is made according to the old traditional ways. The uses for the baskets vary: storage of grains, beer, making strainers and serving food. Today, these attractive woven baskets have become extremely sought-after décor items.


Traditional Baskets with Lids

Code: uk12 uk15 uk17 uk20 uk23
Circumference: 30cm 37.5cm 42.5cm 50cm 57.5cm
           
Code: uk25 uk29 uk32 uk33 uk35
Circumference: 62.5cm 72.5cm 80cm 82.5cm 87.5cm
           
Code: uk37 uk40 uk44 uk50 ukxl
Circumference: 92.5cm 100cm 110cm 125cm larger

Made by a group of women in rural KwaZulu Natal

Ilala open woven bowls

Open Ilala Palm Bowls

Code: ilopt ilopxxs ilopxs ilopsm
  Tiny XX Small X Small Small-medium
Diameter: 12cm 16cm 19cm 24cm
         
Code: ilopm ilopl ilopxl  
  Medium Large X Large  
Diameter: 56cm 65cm 70cm  

Made by a group of women in rural KwaZulu Natal

Wall hangings in Ilala Palm

Ilala Palm Wall Hangings/Flat Plates

Code: wh13 wh17
Diameter: 32cm 42cm

Made by a group of women in rural KwaZulu Natal

Herb baskets

Zulu Herb Baskets
Skilfully woven little baskets in traditional Zulu shape and design. Used for centuries to collect and preserve herbs for medication and cooking. Available in a range of sizes with a circumference of 28.75 cm to 43.75cm.

Code: zhb-k zhb-ks zhb-s zhb-ss  
Circumference: 28.75cm 30cm 31.25cm 32.5cm  
           
Code: zhb-h zhb-hs zhb-a zhb-as  
Circumference: 33.75cm 35cm 36.25cm 75.5cm  
           
Code: zhb-n zhb-ns zhb-d zhb-ds zhb-ve
Circumference: 38.75cm 40cm 41.25cm 42.5cm 43.75cm

Made by a group of women in rural KwaZulu Natal

From Swaziland

Coiled Sisal Products
This new range from Swaziland is based on a development project which operates in rural Northern Swaziland. Swaziland is a small mountainous Kingdom in Southern Africa and its people are well known in the region and worldwide for their exceptional weaving craftsmanship.

Dozens of crafters have been trained and are producing a range of beautifully crafted sisal products. The coiling technique is a fine craft, requiring many steps from cleaning, dying and spinning of the sisal to coiling it into baskets, bowls and jewellery. A 17cm diameter basket takes about 30 hours to weave. The disks used in our jewellery take about 4 hours each!

This range can be ordered in Earths (including Black and Cream), Blues and Brights.


Colourful Sisal Baskets
Hand woven and dyed sisal. Plain baskets now also available as well as XXL.

Code: TC-Lg TC-Md TC-Sm
  Large Medium Small
Diameter: 17.5-20cm 15.5-17cm 13.5-15cm

Made by a group of crafters in rural Northern Swaziland.

Colourful Sisal Baskets
Hand woven and dyed sisal with birds or elephants.

Code: TC-En
Diameter: 17.5-20cm

Made by a group of crafters in rural Northern Swaziland.


Small Jewellery Boxes with Lids
Made of hand woven and dyed sisal, with various decorations: Small wooden animals, beads, wire spirals and sisal disks.

Code: DSG001 DSG006 DSG008 DSG008
  with wooden animal accent with beaded edges with beaded edge and sisal disk with spiral and sisal disk
Height: 4cm 4cm 4cm 4cm
Diameter: 6cm 6cm 6cm 6cm

Made by a group of crafters in rural Northern Swaziland.

Trays
Wood and sisal trays. Dyed in a rich chocolate colour or left natural. The natural can be brown (natural vegetable dye on natural wood) or all natural. A set of 3 is available with 1 L and 2 Small trays together, in natural or chocolate.

Code: WGTL1 WGTL2 WGTS1 WGTS2
  Large, natural colour Large, chocolate dyed Small, natural colour Small, chocolate dyed
Length: 40cm 40cm 30cm 30cm
Width: 30cm 30cm 20cm 20cm
Height: 5cm 5cm 5cm 5cm

Made by a group of crafters in rural Northern Swaziland.

Dyed Sisal Jewellery
All products can be supplied in Earth, Berry or Blues unless otherwise specified.
Spiral Range

Wirework Spiral Bracelet & Earrings
Bracelet with wirework spiral, dyed sisal on leather string.
Earrings S disk with wirework spiral, dyed sisal.

Code: JEBS JEES
  Bracelet Earrings
Length: 18cm  
Diameter:   1.5cm (disk)

Made by a group of crafters in rural Northern Swaziland.

Beaded Range

Choker
Choker with double pendant, dyed sisal and beads. Mathcing sets available.

Code: JENB2
Length: 40cm

Made by a group of crafters in rural Northern Swaziland.

Bracelet
Bracelet with dyed sisal and beads.

Code: JEEB3
Length: 23cm

Made by a group of crafters in rural Northern Swaziland.

Earrings
Long earrings with beads and dyed sisal.

Code: JEEB
Length: 6cm

Made by a group of crafters in rural Northern Swaziland.

Botanical Range

Leaves Necklace & Earrings
Necklace leaves multicolour/1 colour, dyed sisal and wooden beads.
Leaf earrings with dyed sisal and wooden beads

Code: JENL10 JEEL1c
  Necklace Earrings
Length: 55cm 5cm
Leaves: 4x2cm 1.5x3cm

Made by a group of crafters in rural Northern Swaziland.

Double Leaf Earrings
Earrings with long double leaves and dyed sisal.

Code: JEEL2a
Length: 5.5 - 6cm

Made by a group of crafters in rural Northern Swaziland.

Facetted Range

Necklace
Necklace with double pendant or triple pendant, dyed sisal and leather string, with matching earrings.

Code: JENM2 JENM3 JEEM1
  Necklace with
Double Pendant
Necklace with
Triple Pendant
Earrings
Length: 40cm 40cm 6cm
Pendant: 6cm 6cm  

Made by a group of crafters in rural Northern Swaziland.

Multicolour Range

Coiled Sisal Bangles
Packs of 20's assorted, dyed sisal.

Code: JEB
Diameter: 7cm (approx)

Made by a group of crafters in rural Northern Swaziland.

Beaded Jewellery and Accessories : Traditional Attire : African Hand Made Dolls
African Sculptures : Baskets & Woven Items : Pottery : Textile
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