We are so please to offer you this handsome Vintage Hand Crafted ethnic tribal Grain Basket from Botswana. Basket weaving has been a tradition in Botswana for centuries. Although most of the baskets are being made in the Okavango Delta area of northwestern Botswana, basket weaving is still carried on in many other areas of Botswana, each with its own particular style. The construction of these baskets is quite interesting. The coil foundation of the basket is either made of bundled grass, split palm leaves or a single vine rod. The coils are then wrapped with a split palm leaf from the mokolane palm. By drying and boiling the mokolane palm with the root of the mothakola tree, the palm is dyed various shades of brown. This brown and natural colored palm is then used to weave designs into the basket. Each basket is made for a particular purpose. Round container baskets, when made with a rod foundation, are used for storing grain; though if made with bundled grass or split palm leaves, due to the swelling effect of the material, the basket is meant to hold liquid, such as traditional beer. Open bowl shapes like the one for sale here are commonly used winnowing or for transport and storage of grain, vegetables or ground sorghum. You will not be disappointed, this is a lovely basket.
DIMENSIONS: 12” in diameter X 3 ½” tall
CONDITION: lovely vintage condition. No problems noted it is ready to display and love.
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