African Tonga Baskets

African Tonga Baskets


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Traditionally used as a winnowing basket, Tonga baskets are popular for decorating a wall. They are light and easy to hang, and they have neutral colors beautiful geometric designs. They are created from naturally dyed palm leaves.This Tonga basket is named for where it is woven, the Binga district of Zimbabwe.In the early 1960’s, the fertile lands of the baTonga people were permanently buried in water during construction of one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, Lake Kariba, and the people who lived there were forced to relocate to the Binga district.Tonga baskets are woven on radials of ‘creepers’ (vines), and palm leaves are sometimes dyed with bark and roots to make up the designs.

Basketswill vary slightly from picture, as each pattern is unique. Sizes are approximate.

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16"-17", 12”-13", 5.5", 8"-9", 10"-11", 14"-15", 18"-19", 20"-21"