Black + White Ikaze Basket
Our partner reaches deep into rural villages in the developing world and provides jobs that restore dignity and promote self sufficiency - they see it as the way forward for sustainable development in Africa. It's the best of business practices through market development, training, and teaching to producers in Africa; most important, they connect these producers to developed external markets.
Handmade using all natural fibers and organic dyes. With every item purchased with us, a tree is planted in partnership with the National Forest Foundation.
Craftswomen in Rwanda use timeless tradition to weave carefully dyed raffia fibers and grass to make stunning one of a kind pieces rich in cultural meaning and purpose. Baskets carry their own symbolism in Rwanda because friends give them to celebrate major life events such as weddings, births and graduations, baskets are proudly displayed as symbols of wealth of friends, family and life.
Details + Dimensions
6.3" diameter x 2.0" high
all natural fibers of raffia and sweet grass
Care Instructions: If necessary, use damp cloth to wipe the basket clean. Do not submerge or wash with water.
Meaning of the Hope Pattern
The sunburst pattern on these baskets is known as the “hope” design. Reflected on the Rwandan flag, this sunburst image stands for the country’s collective hope for a new dawn and brighter future.
This design means a lot to the weavers we partner with, as each basket they sell increases their chances for a better life. Quality of life, community status, self-worth and confidence are just a few of the hopeful effects these baskets bring. With the income the weavers receive, they are able to open bank accounts, start businesses and even hire other workers.
The effect from the production and income of basket weaving ripples through the country bringing hope for a better future far and wide.
What is #peopleplanetpreservation
At AMERICAN NOMAD we pledge that each item we curate will always:
protect our planet
be a patron for people and
preserve art forms and cultures
Learn more about why we started this program and the steps we take to ensure we keep our pledge. Learn more >