Milulu Grass Basket (Terracotta) | Tanzania | The Basket Room – reste

Milulu grass basket (terracotta)


These beautiful and ethical storage baskets are hand woven in Tanzania from local milulu grass. They make perfect planters and they look fantastic all over the home, keeping everything tidy from loo rolls to newspapers, magazines and toiletries. 

Boasting terracotta coloured stripes against a natural grass base, this basket is produced by a skilled weaver belonging to a cooperative of 580 members. The reeds used to produce these woven storage baskets are often found in swamps and riverbeds, but also grown specifically for basket weaving. Its leaves are cut, split, dyed and dried before weaving begins.

The income earned from selling their woven baskets helps women pay their children’s school fees and family medical bills, and it helps them purchase school uniforms. These earnings can also assist families in improving their homes, and investing in their own livestock and poultry, since most weavers are primarily farmers who need this second income during the dry seasons.

Profits from basket sales are also reinvested for the benefit of the weavers’ communities. From solar lighting to new land, kerosene lamps, warehouses for storing baskets and raw materials for producing further baskets. The cooperative committee leaders also organise frequent product development training as well as healthcare education.

  •  21-25cm (dia) x 18-22cm (h)
  • Hand woven in Tanzania
  • Milulu grass
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