The tray art is part of Global Crafts’ Wokongora Collection (Wokongora means “beautiful” in the local language). The piece is hand-woven using the coiling technique and the sturdy construction makes this great for a tray or high impact wall art. Display this piece on its own or purchase several to create a larger impact wall collection.
This beautifully woven work of art 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 These colors are bright, bold, and sophisticated.
- Measures approximately 12 inches diameter.
- 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.