Basket weaving is a traditional skill in the area, especially among Tonga and Nambiyan women. Baskets are woven from the leaves of the Ilala palm tree, also Sisal is used in a different style.
Traditional dying methods use the roots of the bird plum tree to turn the leaves dark brown. There are several groups in the area who get together to weave baskets.
Baskets are sold in some of the safari lodges with 100% of funds going back to the weavers. Wanting to try new dyes for a diversity of colours the groups have been using single use plastic to weave new life into the waste and bring colour to the baskets.
Different designs and uses have been developing with the group and quality control is vital, with direct links to shops in Victoria falls and Bulawayo. Using natural and recycled materials to generate income from the tourism industry.
If you are able to help with new sales channels for our local beautiful beads and home wares, we would welcome your support, please contact Laurie via firstname.lastname@example.org