In tune with the cycle of agriculture, basketmaking follows a seasonal rhythm. There is a time for gathering grass or rushes and a time for weaving them into baskets, sieves and granaries used for harvesting.
Basket forms are shaped by their function. Even though baskets are woven as serviceable household items, there is still opportunity for individual expression through decoration.
DECO visited the Design Afrika weaving workshop that was hosted by Binky Newman and presented by Rene Bahloo who showed us different weaving techniques.
Akugeja laswel’ umlimi – Zulu proverb
(If something is useful people will find a use for it)
Photographs Niel Vosloo – Production Laureen Rossouw and Hendrik Coetzee
First published in our Country Issue 90 inspired by a trip to the Natal Midlands.