Tonga Baskets from Zimbabwe

Tonga Baskets from Zimbabwe


These solid-edged baskets are the apex of the basket maker’s art in Zimbabwe. The baskets start as a woven square and end up almost perfectly round. The pattern is referred to as “snake’s belly”, as it resembles the scales of a serpent.  These baskets are sometimes called “grandmother baskets” because few younger women are making them.

The design is very functional, as the baskets are used to winnow grain even today. 

D:35 & 37cm, and we've added a loop of wire to the back in case you want to display them on the wall.