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Brand: Swahili Imports, Inc.
Availability: In Stock
Size: [Small] 10"D x 11"T [Medium] 12-13"D x 12"T [Large] 14-15"D x 13"T
Please expect up to a 2" size variance (this allows baskets of the same general size to be nested together when shipping from Tanzania).
Materials: Milulu grass, natural dye
These simple yet durable baskets are hand woven by women in rural Tanzania. Available in three sizes, they are useful in every room of the home. Accents of dyed black milulu grass elevate these traditional baskets as modern decor.
Sold singly, three sizes available. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary.
NOTE: We ship Iringa baskets in two ways. We can fit more FLATTENED Iringa baskets into a box, saving you on shipping costs. Or, we can SHAPE your baskets before they ship. If you do not indicate during checkout that you wish for us to SHAPE your baskets, they will arrive flattened. You can shape your basket by wetting the straw and shaping the basket with your hands, then allowing it to dry.
About Iringa: The city of Iringa is situated about 300 miles from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Home of the Hehe people, the town was originally built as a military base by the Germans in the 1890s as they sought to oppress the Hehe, led by the brave Chief Mkwawu.
Today, Iringa is a thriving city populated by over 100,000 people. Visitors en route to nearby Ruaha National Park enjoy the city's market, where one can find these traditional Iringa baskets in use and for sale. Woven from milulu grass, a reed-like swamp grass, Iringa baskets are an indispensable utility item in East Africa and around the world.