Dijon Dancer Basket
Craftswomen in Rwanda use timeless tradition to weave carefully dyed raffia fibers and grass to make stunning one of a kind pieces rich in cultural meaning and purpose. They are perfect to be used as a bread serving bowl, display of fresh fruit or vegetables, or hung on the wall in a well crafted collage or set. Baskets carry their own symbolism in Rwanda because friends give them to celebrate major life events such as weddings, births and graduations, baskets are proudly displayed as symbols of wealth of friends, family and life.
Meaning of the Dancer Design
The bold, pointed pattern on the dancer basket is conjures the full, sharp movements and brilliant costumes of East African dancers spinning to a drummer’s beat. Both Rwanda and Uganda have rich traditions of celebrations that involve music and dance. But traditional East African dances go beyond entertainment; they often tell stories and pay tribute to life-giving commodities and animals. Young girls in Rwanda, for example, perform the harvest dance during the festival of umuganura to celebrate first fruits, and unmarried Rwandan youth dance the ikinimba as part of a courtship ritual; the dance’s flowing arm movement s show off the women’s beautiful grace. Similarly, in Uganda, young women dance the lakaraka.
Details + Dimensions
all natural fibers of raffia and grass
basket has a hang loop on the back for wall décor
safe to use with food
Meet the Maker
Our partners reaches deep into rural villages in the developing world and provides jobs that restore dignity and promote self sufficiency - they see it as the way forward for sustainable development in Africa. It's the best of business practices through market development, training, and teaching to producers in Africa; most important, they connect these producers to developed external markets.