Black + Taupe Unity Coaster | Set of 4
Our partner 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.
Handmade using all natural fibers and organic dyes. With every item purchased with us, a tree is planted in partnership with the National Forest Foundation.
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. 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.
Details + Dimensions
all natural fibers of raffia and sweet grass
Care Instructions: If necessary, use damp cloth to wipe the basket clean. Do not submerge or wash with water.
Meaning of the Unity Pattern
The three-line pattern on this basket is known as the "unity" design and symbolizes the three ethnic groups that divided Rwanda in 1994, but who now work together to heal wounds from the past.
Weaving cooperatives act as support networks and places to exchange knowledge and build relationships, creating a natural fabric of unity in rural and far reaching places across Rwanda. Weavers heal through the collective effort of working toward the same purpose and goal: to create beauty with their own hands and earn an income together, with the same goals of creating a brighter future.
In the end, hearts and lives weave together in new ways that strengthen the bonds between individuals, allowing them to move forward on common ground.
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protect our planet
be a patron for people and
preserve art forms and cultures
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