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Makenge Bush Root
    $95.00
African Basket - Makenge Bush Root Bowl - 13 Inches Across - #31960
African Basket - Makenge Bush Root Bowl - 13 Inches Across - #31960
 
 Approximately: 13" Across x 2" Tall
 Country: Zambia
 
 Materials: Makenge bush roots, vegetable-based dyes
 

In the Western province of Zambia lies Mongu, not far from the border with Angola. This is where the mostly Mbunda-speaking people weave these ruggedly unique baskets. Due to how strong and stiff the baskets are, people often comment that they seem to be made of wood.

Makenge are large bushes that grow throughout the Mongu region anywhere near water. They send out long, shallow roots that the weavers can dig up easily from the sandy soil. The last two thirds of the root are harvested. At each place the roots are cut, the bush regenerates two new roots.

After the roots are harvested, they are peeled. The inside of the root is used inside the basket coils, while the outer part is split into fibers that are wrapped around the coils to create the design. All of the colors are made from roots or leaves boiled along with the Makenge fibers. The fibers are then left to dry for at least a day and are re-wet as the women then spend several days weaving each basket.
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