African Zulu Telephone Wire Bowl - Vintage 5.5" H X 11" D X 35" C
Handcrafted in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, Zulu bowls, pots and baskets were traditionally crafted of clay, illala palm grass and other natural materials. With advent of telephone wire entering onto their land, the Zulu people began using traditional weaving skills to make beautiful art for every day living, which have become very collectible.
One story I was told when in Zululand, was that when Africans were hired as guards at the Telephone Company, they began to wrap their batons with telephone wire as well as bringing extra wire home for weaving.
In addition to the bowls and plates woven by hand, the telephone wire is used to cover bottles, weapons, cutlery, as well as making jewelry and any other artistic manner the Zulu people find, as they put art in every part of their life.
This beautiful vintage bowl is another beautiful outcome of the Zulu talent for weaving.
Approximate Dimensions: Top: 5.5" H X 11" D X 35"C
Base 5" D X 16" C