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Large Vintage Monochromatic Natural Buff Colored Botswana Basket

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Botswana baskets are proof of one of the most successful refugee integration stories in southern Africa.

African baskets were originally designed for utilitarian purposes – simply decorated and used to store or carry food. By the 1960s, weaving was becoming a dying art and in the 1970s, it made come-back as a commercial venture. Resettlement officers saw weaving as an income generator for Hambukushu refugees; a people who came from Angola into Botswana fleeing Portuguese attacks during Angola’s war of independence.

Botswana baskets are considered as some of the finest examples of weaving in Africa. One will notice outstanding workmanship and unique designs – some of which include representations of animals or of nature.

Basket making is a slow process with each taking about a month to complete. These baskets are constructed using the Mokolwane Palm which are cut and boiled in natural earth-tone coloring which makes it a great addition to any style of décor. Purchased on location in the 1970's, this impressive example is monochromatic with natural buff tones that be a perfect addition to a Coastal, Warm Minimal or Organic Modern interior.

Place of Origin: Botswana

Date of Manufacture: 1970s

Condition: Very good  

Wear: Minor frays around mouth opening which are consistent with age and use. Please refer to photos.

Dimensions: 14.5 in. Diam. X 10.5 in. H / 5 in. Diam. (Base), 6 in. Diam. (Mouth)

Reference: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 

Large Vintage Monochromatic Natural Buff...

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