Our square baskets are made from ilala palm leaves. These are found in the Lupane area naturally but the Lupane Women's Development Trust also has a plantation of ilala palms that they maintain in order to make sure that they don't run out of the raw materials needed for their basket work.
The ilala palm leaves are dyed with a natural dye made from the root of the umunyi tree also known as berchemia discolor or bird plum.
These baskets are approximately 8 to 9 cm square and 3 to 4 cm deep. They do vary slightly due to the handmade nature of basket weaving.
Every item you purchase will come in the appropriately sized basket. The colour of basket that we send with your item will depend on the colour available at the time.