Basket making in Africa is an ancient skill. Traditionally, the use of the basket determined the shapes and weaves. Baskets have been used for agricultural, trading and religious practices. Household usage included storage and serving of food and beverages and filtering beer during its production process. Spices and tobacco were stored in basket containers as well.
African basketry is a dynamic craft, altered by social changes and shaped by both environmental and economic factors. HOUSE BY THE SEA, has been trading baskets for more than 10 years and we will in the future take a more active part in developing basketry as part of our engagement with the UNDP Resilience Programme in Zimbabwe.