Transform your decor with this beautiful Maua Basket/Bowl. Carefully woven from star grass and papyrus, it has a refreshing simplicity that perfectly complements the peaceful spaces in your home. Leave it empty to highlight the natural elegance and craftsmanship, fill it with decorative arrangement of botanicals, or use it for a delicious display of fresh fruits.
- HANDCRAFTED. Expertly hand-woven by East African artisans using a traditional coiling technique refined and passed down through generations to create beautiful, functional, and durable pieces.
- 100% LOCALLY SOURCED MATERIALS. Crafted from vibrant fabrics and locally harvested, indigenous ugwafu (star grass), intamyi (papyrus), and banana bark.
- SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS. Created in fair trade conditions, allowing rural women and refugees in the Kagera region of Tanzania to express their talents, share their culture/heritage, and advance themselves and their local economy.
- ONE-OF-A-KIND. Each artisan-made bowl is unique, with appealing variations in size and color that reflect its authentic, artisanal origins.
Handmade by expert artisans in East Africa, the Maua (“flower”) design is created by deftly weaving fabric into the natural fibers with a traditional coiling technique, producing an authentically beautiful, durable piece.
- Dimensions (diameter x height):
- Small - 27cm x 8cm
- Medium - 35cm x 12cm
- Large - 45cm x 14cm
- Keep basket in dry, cool areas, and dust regularly with a soft cloth.
- Due to the use of natural materials, the bowl can be sensitive to temperature and humidity changes. This could potentially cause it to slightly expand and contract. If this happens, remove the bowl from high-humidity areas and give it a day or two. We assure you, the bowl will return to its intended shape and size soon!
- COMMUNITY-DRIVEN. WomenCraft is a community-driven social enterprise that designs, produces and exports hand-woven home décor items made from natural fibers and vibrant fabrics of East Africa.
- REFUGEE WOMEN. WomenCraft began operations in 2007 as an Implementing Partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and in response to the lack of income-generating opportunities for refugee women in a post-conflict region.
- EMPLOYS 300 WOMEN. Operating from Ngara, Tanzania, within the post-conflict tri-border area of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania, WomenCraft employs more than 300 rural East African women, who express their culture and talents to create products that are beautiful, functional, and durable. Their artisans advance themselves, raise stronger families, stimulate their local economies and inspire the world around them. Read more.
Created by hand, demonstrating the unique skill of the artisan and supporting one-of-a-kind pieces in a world of homogenized mass production.
Made with recycled or reclaimed materials that have been extracted and reconditioned for a new use. This process minimizes the flow of waste into landfills.
Created and directed in a cooperative structure, with proceeds reinvested into the community to enable self-sustainability and economic development.