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Zulu Beer Basket

Africa Direct

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Zulu Beer Basket
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Zulu Beer Basket

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Product Information

Vintage; 1980s
Country of Origin:
South Africa
palm fibers
14" W x 16" H

Why We Love This

Zulu Ukhamba or Ischumo, or beer basket. It's a rigid bulb-shaped container, rendered water-tight by the tightness of the coils. Zulu are the largest tribe in South Africa, renowned for their artistry and craftsmanship. Zulu basket-makers are widely considered among the best in the world. It can take up to a month to produce a medium-size basket.
As described by Africa Direct

About Africa Direct

Africa Direct, Inc. is owned by Elizabeth Bennett and Sara Luther. African art, trade beads and ethnic jewelry are both business and passion for Sara and me. We started buying African art twenty years ago as gifts for our children, four of whom are adopted and are African-American. We had been active in anti-apartheid politics for some time.