Botswana BasketryCreating a BasketTraditional Basket DesignsThe Weavers

The most famous of all the craft products of Botswana is the basket. As an intergral part of the Botswana agricultural culture, baskets have been made and used traditionally for thousands of years.

Closed baskets with lids are used for storing grain, seeds, and sometimes sorghum beer. Large, open bowl shaped baskets are used by the women for carrying items on their heads and for winnowing grain after it has been threshed. Smaller, plate shaped baskets are used for winnowing grain after it has been pounded.

The main producers of baskets are the women of the Bayei and Hambukushu tribes in northwestern Botswana.

Although baskets are still very much a common sight in rural Botswana, more and more are being produced today for the commercial market.

Expansion and diversity of weaving techniques, designs and the use of colour are encouraged through upgrading courses, annual competitions and exhibitions. Today, the baskets of Botswana are equal to the finest of art forms found in the world.

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