All About: Our Baskets From Zimbabwe: An Update May 2020

 

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People often ask about those responsible for creating our beautiful products and earlier this year we received these words and images -via Collaborative Craft Projects in Africa -from Mirriam, the Group Leader responsible for weaving our Wonky Baskets out in Zimbabwe:

‘Our artisans have a great opportunity working on your orders. They have been able to sustain themselves through the sales and as a result our livelihoods have improved.’  The Wonky Baskets are made by an extremely talented and hard working group of women, all based in Zimbabwe. They have worked with Collaborative Craft Projects for many years and are extremely creative- which is why they are usually a go-to group of women when it comes to new product development and sampling new things. The Wonky Baskets are are woven in sets of three, in a tight weave which is very time consuming and a set can take up to two weeks to weave. These baskets are woven with Ilala Palm which is sustainably grown and harvested by the women themselves.

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COVID however has had a harsh impact on this small community. Although the weavers have some stock, their supplies of raw materials are now short, as transport has been severely disrupted and they are unable to get additional materials from the remote rural areas. The women’s community weaving centres have closed due to the nationwide clamp down and the on-going transportation issues and work is currently at a standstill. As daily wages are vital to their survival, it has never, ever been more important to support such projects. CCP is working and communicating daily with the artisans to ensure that they are staying healthy and safe.

We are so thrilled with the intricately woven baskets created by Mirriam and her group- and very much hope you love them too. To see more of the group’s beautiful craftsmanship,  head to https://ibbidirect.co.uk/home/baskets/wonky-woven-basket-sets/ or get in touch if we can tell you more. We’d be thrilled to hear from you:  call 01434 409085 or email us at info@ibbidirect.co.uk for more information.

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