Iris Hope 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 Hope Design
The sunburst pattern on these baskets is known as the “hope” design. Reflected on the Rwandan flag, this sunburst image stands for the country’s collective hope for a new dawn and brighter future. This design means a lot to the weavers we partner with, as each basket they sell increases their chances for a better life. Quality of life, community status, self-worth and confidence are just a few of the hopeful effects these baskets bring. With the income the weavers receive, they are able to open bank accounts, start businesses and even hire other workers. The effect from the production and income of basket weaving ripples through the country.
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.