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Maila Milulu Reed Baskets: Nutmeg

Maila Milulu Reed Baskets: Nutmeg

By Swahili African Modern

Regular price $89.00
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Through programs that support the wellbeing of artisans both in the United States and globally, Nest is bringing radical transparency and opportunity to the informal handworker economy.

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Shipping Time
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Tanzanian artisans hand-craft these stylish baskets, interweaving natural and dyed grasses to create intricate patterns, These baskets are named for the weaver, Maila, who perfected the new woven design.

These all-natural baskets are handwoven from milulu, a reed-like grass that grows near the city of Iringa, Tanzania. The milulu makes durable baskets, which can be rinsed with cool water and reshaped as needed.

Sold singly, available in three sizes. Because these baskets are woven by hand, each will vary slightly.

Features
  • Available individually in 3 sizes
  • Measurements (approximately):
    -Large 13"D x 13"H
    -Medium 12"D x 12"H
    -Small 10"D x 10"H
  • Crafted from: Milulu grass, natural dye
  • Ethically made in: Tanzania
Artisan Story

Vikapu Bomba embodies the vision of Catherine Shembilu to create sustainable income for talented rural Tanzanian women. For many women living in the lush southern highlands, life centers around subsistence farming, cooking, cleaning, and caring for children. Women can weave baskets between their other duties, working daily to earn money to pay school fees, buy food, procure farming supplies and contribute to savings. When a woman has money of her own to use or share, she has greater influence over her life and future.

Milulu grass reeds can be harvested carefully from the marsh without removing the entire plant. The reeds are dried in the sun, dyed with natural dyes, and split for weaving. The closeness to the earth of both maker and product gives these beautifully crafted baskets widespread appeal.

Brand Story

Swahili exists to create positive exchanges between African artisans and people around the world. Swahili is dedicated to African artisans; their skill, determination and sharing spirit.

Artisan Advancement
We believe that hardworking African makers, producers and export agents should be the architects of their own personal success. Swahili serves to extend a maker's channel of trade from local tourist markets to the global retail gift marketplace. Artisans who craft products for export work from the comfort of their own homes and communities, so the payment received is not be reduced by traveling expenses, childcare costs and haggled prices.

Fair Trade
Swahili is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, a group of like-minded companies and organizations that adhere to:
-providing fair payment to workers in developing nations
-educating makers and workers to increase their potential for advancement
-ensuring the rights of children
-developing products and processes that protect and conserve the natural environment
-promoting fair trade as the standard in commercial exchanges

Conserve
Swahili works with producers across Africa who value their natural environment and employ sustainable methods of production. Makers utilize materials fully by converting scraps into salable products. Our partners excel at incorporating recycled, reclaimed and highly renewable materials in product design, and at isolating new sources of low-cost materials.

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