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Brand: Swahili Imports, Inc.
Availability: In Stock
Size: 16"L x 10"W x 11"T (to top of tote), 20"T (to top of handles)
Materials: Milulu grass, natural dye, leather
Woven from milulu grass, a reed-like swamp grass, Iringa baskets are an indispensable utility item in East Africa and around the world. To extend the functionality of these durable baskets, artisans in Tanzania add soft leather handles and upper trim. The result is a stylish tote that you can count on using for years to come.
Sold singly in assorted patterns. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.
About the basket:
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.