In Rwanda, Traditional Peace Baskets are often used to hold other gifts- like the one given by every bride to her new husband’s mother. These baskets are then proudly displayed in the home or used to contain dry goods such as beans or rice.
The Traditional Journey Design
Our artisan partner Pascasie told us that the basket’s traditional pattern, called umuraza, represents a path travelled together.
Imagine two friends walking together to visit another dear friend. On their heads, they carry traditional baskets, filled with gifts from their harvest. They journey together down the path, through the hills of Rwanda, pausing to chat, and continuing on to the home of their friend.
A gift to a mother is given discreetly, held in a beautiful basket.
It is the mother who holds the secrets of the heart.
– Rwandan Tradition
The Handcrafted Details
- An artisan weaves for about a week to complete one basket.
- Crafted from valley grasses and banana leaves, woven over a papyrus frame.
- Masterfully sized, the lid snaps on by aligning it with the base from back to front.
- Approximately 14 inches tall.
- Care: Dust with a smooth, dry cloth. Or feather duster. Everyone loves a good feather duster!
Agaseke k’Amahoro Cooperative
The artisans of Agaseke k’Amahoro weave Traditional Grass Peace Baskets. The cooperative, born from the turmoil of the genocide, is comprised of neighbors from both sides of the conflict, working together for peace and reconciliation. Their vision is to promote peace within and outside their group as they practice their art for their livelihood. “We must continue to work for wholeness. We must continue to pray for peace.” - Pascasie Mukamuligo, PresidentMeet the Artisan