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African baskets / makenge

African baskets / makenge

Like many home decorators around the world I love a basket wall. On one of my trips to Africa I came home carrying three giant Batonga baskets [also called Tonga baskets] which I displayed as a feature wall over our bed in our previous home; whilst today, my home studio has a colourful basket wall created with our Swazi Baskets and Wired Lace Platter.

With so many different types of African baskets, both traditional and contemporary styles, I thought I would start a series of posts showcasing the beauty and origins of African basketry starting with the beautiful Makenge Basket.

Woven as an agricultural tool for winnowing (grain separation); maize following grinding, is tossed through these baskets to remove any rough pieces or husks. Crafted from the twisted roots of the Makishi plant, brides in Zambia are gifted a Makenge Basket which is often handed down from mother to daughter. Makenge Baskets are extremely durable and can be kept in a family for over 100 years. Each basket has a unique pattern that is decorated over time to reflect personal taste and tradition.

The following images are a mix of the older style Makenge Baskets, note the decorative patches; along with newer contemporary style Makenge Baskets.

Safari Journal / Blog by Safari Fusion | African baskets / makenge | Makenge basket wall in a contemporary coastal country home via Real Living magazine

Safari Journal / Blog by Safari Fusion | African baskets / makenge | Basket details at interior designer's Hellen Pappas Marouba home via est magazine

Safari Journal / Blog by Safari Fusion | African baskets / makenge | Bedroom basket wall at a Sabi Sands lodge [South Africa] by Michele Throssell Interiors

Safari Journal / Blog by Safari Fusion | African baskets / makenge | Classic contemporary styling with antique makenge baskets. Interiors by Means & Carney

Safari Journal / Blog by Safari Fusion | African baskets / makenge | Living room basket and textile wall display at a Northbridge home by Hare + Klein[Images: 1 Perfect Hideaways, 2 Real Living, 3 est magazine, 4 Michele Throssell Interiors, 5 Means & Carney Interiors, 6 Hare + Klein]

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