Beautiful handwoven wedding basket from the Toka tribe of Zambia, made of the roots of the makenge bush. Each basket is slightly different, featuring one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.
16-17"D x 2"T
What we love
The natural, earthy colors in this basket add warmth to your surroundings and connect you with the story of its purpose.
In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically--to winnow grain and to collect and store harvested roots and rice, or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall.
The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets.