DESCRIPTION: Across the thousand hills of Rwanda, groups of women are sitting together, weaving sisal baskets in the traditional way. The sisal fiber is extracted from the long leaf of a plant that resembles aloe. When the green fleshy part of the leaf is stripped away, white string-like fibers remain. These fibers are cleaned and dried, cooked in dye, and then woven into traditional forms- such as the peaked peace basket, or less traditional forms- like earrings or napkin rings.
In Rwanda, these Sisal Lidded Peace Baskets are given at weddings or on other special occasions, containing gifts of friendship and thanks. Simple yet thoughtful, the traditional pattern symbolizes the mountain path of friends bearing such gifts, hidden in baskets.
Behind the product: Read the inspiring story of forgiveness and overcoming genocide and building a community of love behind these baskets here.
- An artisan weaves for 4-5 days to complete one basket.
- Hand-woven from natural sisal fibers.
- The naturally-white fibers are dyed with Rwandan tea leaves, creating a 100% natural product.
- Dimensions: 4″ x 4″ x 9.5″
- Care: Dust with a dry cloth.
IMPACT: Handmade with love in Rwanda ♥ Our Peace Baskets are made by artisans with Azizi Life, an organization that participates in local initiatives for the development of Rwandan communities working towards physical and spiritual wholeness for all. Azizi believes that God cares deeply about each person's physical well-being and relationships with one another, as well as relationships with Him. Azizi sees the brokenness of the world- both in ""the West"" as well as in their home country of Rwanda - and believes that it is only through a relationship with Jesus Christ that true healing, wholeness – and development – can be found.
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