Dating from the first half of the 20th century, a beautifully woven Lozi flour basket of practical size and durability. The basket is crafted from the roots of the makenge bush: the outer layer is removed and the root is then boiled and dyed with natural vegetable and plant pigments. When dry, the women spirally coil and weave the baskets incorporating their traditional zig-zag and geometric patterns, evident on this example in shades of red and black. These baskets were used for storing flour and other food or for personal possessions and would often be gifted to a bride from her husband`s family on their marriage. Origin: Zambia.
Photograph of African woman weaving basket courtesy of Lily Cowles.
H: 16cm (6.3") W: 28cm (11.0")
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