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Teardrop Lidded Peace Baskets

Teardrop Lidded Peace Baskets

By Azizi Life

Regular price $59.00
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And, you can feel good knowing that every purchase you make positively impacts the artisans. Nourishment, health, education, and dreams for a bright future—your purchase holds so much hope.

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For every purchase made at Cultured West, we will donate $1.00 to support NEST, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) supporting the responsible growth and creative engagement of the artisan and maker economy to build a world of greater gender equity and economic inclusion.

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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Please keep in mind that handmade products do have slight variations, which is a natural occurrence of artisan handmade treasures. That means no two designs will be exactly the same, giving you a truly unique and original piece.

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Processing Time
2-3 business days (excluding U.S. holidays)

Shipping Time
3-5 business days (varies by location)

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The Teardrop Basket is handcrafted by artisans of the Peace Baskets Cooperative using the same age-old techniques found in Rwanda’s national museum. Lightweight and delicately woven, this basket makes a beautiful display piece, or can be used to store various treasures!

The Peace Basket artisans partner with an expert bamboo weaver who learned from his father before him.  The bamboo weaver creates the inner frame for the basket, and then the grass weaver creates the beautiful exterior.  So this is a two-stage, two-artisan basket.

And the coloring process is amazing! The grasses are colored using a banana flower as an applicator. The flower’s blue sap bonds with the soot from the bottom of a cooking pot to color the grasses black.  The rust color comes from the dust of a local rock, applied to the grasses with the banana flower.

We love sharing this beauty with you from the heart of Rwanda. The teardrop basket’s beautiful design is reminiscent of the layers of sloping hills that make Rwanda’s landscape so gorgeous.

"A gift to a mother is given discreetly, held in a beautiful basket. It is the mother who holds the secrets of the heart."
~Rwandan Tradition

Features
  • Crafted from valley grasses woven over a bamboo frame
  • Approximately 10 inches tall
  • Care: Dust gently with a smooth, dry cloth
Artisan Story

Agaseke k’Amahoro Cooperative
Peace Basket Cooperative

On the wall of Pascasie Mukamuligo’s home in Rusatira, Huye District, hang photos of two men. These, Pascasie explains, are her brothers. They, along with more than thirteen other family members, died in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. They were hunted and killed, most likely by their neighbors. But Pascasie is determined to be a different kind of neighbor. Tall and dignified, she chooses to stand for peace. To pray for peace. To work for peace.

Pascasie is the president of the Peace Basket weaving cooperative. Under her leadership, community members from opposite sides of the genocidal conflict have joined to support one another in their art and their lives. The group meets together once per week to weave baskets and discuss issues like family, health, and reconciliation. And Pascasie has not stopped at that. Several years ago, she accepted an invitation by the government to go into the local prison to teach offenders, some of them thieves, vandals, and murderers of 1994 to weave for peace and to support their families.

Some of those men joined the Peace Basket Cooperative after their release. In 2016, the Reconciliation Year, Pascasie was selected by the Rwandan government as a hero in unity and promoter of reconciliation. And what is Pascasie’s vision for her group and community? We must continue to work for wholeness. We must continue to pray for peace.

We must continue to work for wholeness. We must continue to pray for peace.
~Pascasie Mukamuligo

Brand Story

Azizi Life partners with rural Rwandans to bring fair trade beauty to your life and theirs. Azizi Life’s vision: To participate in local initiatives for the development of Rwandan communities, working towards physical and spiritual wholeness for all.

Azizi Life is committed to paying an agreed-upon fair wage to the artisans as soon as we receive their products. The additional income from the sale of their art allows the craftspeople & their families to afford many things that they struggled to get before.

Having the money available to invest in these kinds of things provides a real sense of security and hope for the future for the artisan and her whole family.

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