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Vintage African Zulu Open Isiquabetho Basket 79" X 25"D

$ 345.00

Uniquely handwoven from the Ilala Palm and Grass, this beautiful Isiquabetho Zulu Basket is used for grain and as a serving vessel. It is made in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa using all natural materials.

This basket is made using the local Ilala Palm grass and leaves. The natural color is beige and other beautiful colors are created using natural dyes from bark, leaves, berries, clay and roots. 

Zulu baskets are an integral part of the Zulu culture and customs that almost disappeared with the introduction of enamel, tin and plastic, and they are now used mostly in the very rural areas. Authentic traditional Zulu baskets are a rare find at this time. 

Decorative baskets are made for special ceremonial events such as Marriage, Harvest, Fertility, Birth Celebrations, and as gifts for family or special friends.

Please notice the tightness of the weave, as smaller, tighter weave is an indication of authenticity and quality.

Pattern Definitions

Diamonds represent Femininity Daughters or female cows
Two Diamonds one above the other Married Woman

Triangles represent Masculinity Sons or bull calves
Two Triangles forming an hour-glass Married Man

Zigzag Repeat Pattern Regiments of War-Assegais -Shields of Shaka

Approximate Dimensions: 79" Circumference X 25" Diameter

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