Hand Woven Tonga Binga Baskets
Hand woven Tonga Binga Winnowing Baskets from Zimbabwe, named for the remote Binga district - home to the displaced baTonga people. Today, many Tonga women utilize traditional weaving techniques to create intricately patterned baskets. All natural and locally harvested materials - such as wild grasses, small vines, and palm leaves dyed with tree bark - make up the baskets. The largest sized bowls are still used by the baTonga people for their original purpose of winnowing grains.
Binga baskets are woven using the over and under style of ‘simple’ weaving and a 16 inch diameter basket can take around 3 days to complete. The baskets are finished using a coiled rim with a distinctive herringbone pattern.
Note: All baskets are original, unique and handmade. No two items are exactly the same and because of this, variations in the colour, size, pattern and condition may vary.
Found In: Zimbabwe
Approximate diameter: 12"-14"
Materials: Locally harvested wild grasses, small vines, and palm leaves dyed with tree bark