Lupane jars Zimbabwe

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Material Ilala Palm
Origin Zimbabwe
Dimension Small: ± H35cm €69 - Medium: ± H45cm €99
Designer Ndebele tribe

The story

These beautiful hand-woven baskets are named to the Lupane District in Zimbabwe. 

Lupane District in Zimbabwe area is prone to droughts and had a harsh history of hunger. The area is a farmer’s nightmare, yielding only drought-tolerant crops such as sorghum and finger millet and receiving inadequate rainfall – just 450-600 mm annually – to allow extensive maize cropping. 

The art of basket-weaving from ilala palm has been passed down for generations.

Rural women, living in Lupane District, started to produce baskets from ilala palm, not only for daily use but to sell them. So these craftswomen become breadwinners. It started small but now more then 3000 women are weaving their own beautiful future.

Lastly, these inspirational rural women are also taking preventive measures of saving the indigenous forest-biodiversity, whereby they have begun planting ilala palms, an indigenous species of Zimbabwe, in order to cope with “rapid” deforestation.

The baskets are unique and contempory eye-catchers.

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