The Connecting Shapes Wall Decor Set is part of the Wokongora Collection (Wokongora means “beautiful” in the local language) from Malawi, Africa. This set comes with two pieces that can be displayed horizontally (connected) or positioned in a vertical or other pattern of choice. There is lots of versatility!! The fact that this can take an artisan up to five days to make one piece of art underscores just how special this is.
This beautifully woven work was created by talented weavers from Malawi, Africa using age-old basketry techniques that have been a cornerstone of African communities since the beginning of time. Baskets have long been used to transport water, food, and goods (typically atop the head). The art is made from local mulaza palm leaves that are harvested, dried, threaded, and dyed. The painstaking detail of each coil, sunburst, or stitch is evident in the intricate designs; one piece can take five days to complete. It’s common in the villages to see groups of artisans under the shade of mango trees working collectively
- Hangs Vertically approximately 48 inches if connected; the diameter of the large sphere is approximately 29 inches, the diameter of the small sphere is approximately 17.5 inches.
- Coiling Technique creates a very sturdy structure.
- Loop on back of each for hanging.
- Care: Avoid placing in direct sunlight, as doing so may cause the delicate dye to fade.
- Socially Responsible/Fair Trade: Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa with heavy reliance on agriculture. With few other industries, food scarcity is a real issue when climate negatively impacts crops. Purchasing this piece continues to support the age-old crafts of Malawi and create new economic opportunities.
Meet the Makers
Meet the talented weavers from Malawi, Africa who create the Global Crafts Wokongora Collection (meaning “beautiful” in the local language). They live in southern Malawi in villages far away from the hustle and bustle of modern Western societies. With no electricity, the rhythm of the day is centered around the sun and early risings to gather fresh water. Life is simple with emphasis on family and community. Groups gather under mango trees and work collectively. If it rains, work stops and life pauses. These pieces of art travelled long and far to grace your home. The artform celebrates age-old basketry that has been a cornerstone of African communities since the beginning of time. Baskets have long been used to transport water, food, and goods (typically atop the head). Enjoy your treasured art. Purchases create economic opportunities in one of of Africa's poorest countries while celebrating traditional craftwork.
This is handmade art; please expect small variations from product to product. Each item is a unique work of art.