Tonga or Binga Basket
These beautiful hand-woven baskets are named after the remote Binga district - home to the displaced Batonga tribe. Today, many Tonga women utilise traditional weaving techniques to create these intricately patterned baskets and each one can take up to two weeks to produce. The baskets are woven from locally harvested, all natural materials such as wild grasses, small vines and palm leaves.
These bowls (probably a larger size) are still used by the Batonga people for their original purpose of ‘winnowing’ grains. Wind winnowing is an agricultural method developed by ancient cultures for separating grain from chaff. In its simplest form it involves throwing the mixture into the air so that the wind blows away the lighter chaff, while the heavier grains fall back down into the basket.
These baskets are perfect for displaying and serving fruit or bread, or maybe holding guest towels in the bathroom. They also make great wall art - a wonderful way to make huge, yet affordable, impact on any wall. (We have added a loop of natural hemp on the back of each basket in case you want to hang them - completely invisible from the front. They are light and therefore easy to fix on any wall.)
The opportunities are endless... and we just love them!
Size: 35-40cm diameter (each basket is unique)