Ukhamba Beer Basket - ZULU, Hand-made in KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa
This is a one-of-a-kind item.Ê ONE ONLY!
*13 inches in height by about 9 inches in diameter at it's widest point.*
*The Ukhamba basket is a rigid bulb-shaped container, rendered water-tight by the tightness of the coil/weave and the material used (ilala palm).Ê When liquids (generally home-brewed beer) are introduced into the Ukhamba, the pores swell, whilst the outside sweats, thus keeping the liquid cool by means of evaporation.Ê These baskets are usually very decorative and colorful, particularly those made for ceremonial use.*
This basket has been woven by: SOLAN MBATHA (hand-signed on informational tag).
A traditional Zulu basket - the Zulu's are the largest tribe in Southern Africa, renowned for their artistry and craftmanship.Ê Dotted on the rolling hills of KwaZulu, there exists a beehive of industry, where numerous women work at the art of basketry.Ê They have taken the traditional art form and turned it into a way in which to suppliment their income, and, in many cases, their ONLY means of income.Ê The women work in their homes, where they assimilate basket-making into their normal routine - giving themselves time to raise their children, work in the fields, collect water and other daily chores.
Every basket is made by hand, using indigenous raw materials, and the type of basket varies from area to area, depending on the availability of raw materials, and the use to which the basket is to be put.Ê It can take up to one month to produce a medium-sized basket that will be unique in size, shape, pattern, weave and colour.Ê A true collector's item.
We have a large selection of African basketry in our store!