Colorful Baskets Made of Recycled Telephone Wire

Colorful Baskets Made of Recycled Telephone Wire

Jess Watson
Nov 6, 2009

A traditionally woven basket made of out of a completely modern material may be a contradiction in terms, but upon one viewing there is no denying that this seemingly incongruous relationship works beautifully. The process yields colorfully patterned baskets made in the tradition of grass-weaving.

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These remarkable baskets are made in South Africa from recycled telephone wire. Known as izimbenges, they were traditionally crafted from hand-dyed grass, using patterns and techniques passed on for generations. The artists form a community where the women work at home, enabling them to care for their families while earning a sustainable income.

The baskets would make for an attractive accent piece for your home or a great gift. Available in assorted primary colors, earth tones or black, white and red, they can be purchased from Terrestra for $175 for a medium basket and $295 for the larger basket.

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