The original idea to use recycled telephone wire for baskets reportedly came from security workers doing the late shift in South Africa
To pass the hours away they would often wind and weave brightly coloured bits of telephone wire around their security sticks.
Interestingly most baskets are woven from the bottom up whereas with wire weaving it is done from the top down. These inventive weavers start with a thick wire at the top rim of the basket and then work their way down, pulling each wire taut against a form to create the basket’s shape.
Recycled wire is hardly ever used anymore because of its scarcity and also due to the fact that with the wire being re-used, the basket can be of a lesser quality. Weavers are now using a steel core wire that looks just like telephone wire as it is more economical for them to use. Today the wire used is custom manufactured in special colours using some recycled and all lead-free materials.
These hardy and unique baskets are especially functional and can be washed in warm, soapy water, easy on the eye and easy to maintain!