Raffia is a light fiber that is removed from a long palm-like leaf usually grown in the forests and the bukeddo is harvested from the banana plantations. Raffia‘s length makes it an ideal material for basket weaving and it can be dyed into almost any color. The ladies use Raffia and banana stalk locally known as “bukeddo”to create these coiled woven baskets.
As a weaver starts from the center of the basket working her way out some of the designs featured here represent true mastery.
The weaving skill is traditionally passed on to children at the tender age of 9 years from mother/ grandmother. Finished pieces were or are used for fruit gathering, food preparations or given away as wedding gifts.
These particular baskets come in the following size's:
25-35 and 40 cm's, this is the circumference at the baskets widest point.