Sisal Peace Basket in Boutique Shimmy

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Place the Boutique Shimmy Sisal Peace Basket on your bookshelf as a decorative accent or give her to a friend…either way, you can’t go wrong with this modern twist on a traditional Rwandan custom.  

Across the thousand hills of Rwanda, groups of women are sitting together, weaving sisal baskets in the traditional way. The sisal fibre 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 fibres remain. These fibres are cleaned, dried, cooked in dye from Rwandan tea leaves and then woven into traditional forms. Traditional forms such as the peaked peace basket or less traditional forms like earrings or napkin rings.

The peace basket is still used in Rwanda for special gift giving. Many local homes have these baskets proudly displayed or put to practical use by holding dry goods like beans or rice.

The peace baskets are made by artisans from the Abihuje Cooperative.  We invite you learn more about them here.

The Handcrafted Details

  • Hand-woven from natural sisal fibres
  • An artisan weaves for 4-5 days to complete one basket
  • Dimensions: Approximately 9.5" tall
  • Care: Dust with a dry cloth
  • Country of Origin: Handcrafted in Rwanda