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Makenge Basket

Regular price $40.00


15 cm x 25 cm diameter

Makenge are large bushes that grow throughout the Mongu region anywhere near water. They send out long, shallow roots that the weavers can dig up easily from the sandy soil

The Mbunda people weave these unique baskets.

The first day is spent digging roots, while the next three days are used to 'peel' and prepare the fibers. Another day is used to do the dying. All of the colors are made from roots or leaves boiled along with the Makenge fibers. The fibers are then left to dry for at least a day and are occasionally re-wet as the women spend several more days weaving each basket.