- woven raffia
- locally sourced natural fibers
- height 13” x width 13", depth 3”, handles 3"
Handmade by female artisans and refugees in Rwanda, Indego Africa’s Abalone Collection takes inspiration from the spirits of its makers—these basket bags are full of color, charm, and strength. The designs are both a celebration of traditional Rwandan weaving using locally-sourced, natural materials, and a direct collaboration with artisans who benefit from our market-driven approach to women’s empowerment.
Behind the Design: Indego Africa partners with artisans in Rwanda who make handwoven platters and baskets using raffia: a straw-like fiber that can be stripped from the inside of palm tree leaves. The fibers are found only in a special species of palm tree that grows abundantly across sub-Saharan Africa. The artisans weave the raffia fibers using a needle and thread, creating a range of shapes, designs, and products that look beautiful in natural raffia tones or when hand-dyed.