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Rwanda Medium Hand Woven Natural Banana Leaf Tray

$40.00
* Medium size tray
* Rectangular shape
* 14" length, 10" width, 2.5" height
* Brown and black color
* Handwoven from banana stalks and leaves
* Sustainably produced
* Made in Rwanda

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Rwanda, the land of thousand of hills, had a genocide called the 100 days of slaughter that broke the country. During the civil war, mostly men were killed and the male perpetrators involved ran away. This led the country to remain with a 70% female population post-genocide. Women picked themselves up and rebuilt their lives through self-employment.
Hand-crafted goods like woven baskets have played a key role in helping women provide food and education for their families. Our collection of Ibiseke represents the hope and peace that Rwandan women are bringing to their country.
Baskets made from sisal fibers and local forest grasses are popularly woven in Rwanda. Sisal fibers are extracted from the long leaves of an agave plant. The fibers are cleaned, dried, colored, and then woven into beautiful basket bowls, trivets, coasters, and more. Only natural dyes are used to color sisal fibers. The dried and dyed sisal fibers are then woven in coil style around a bunch of locally gathered forest grasses. The materials used for weaving sisal baskets are all gathered and produced locally. The agave plant is a renewable source that can be easily cultivated without pesticides. It grows abundantly in Rwanda. Sisal fibers are made only from plant fibers, thus making them an eco-friendly and sustainable source.
Green Bananas are one of the main crops of Rwanda and they occupy more than a third of the country's farmland. After the bananas are harvested, the waste produced from farming such as leaves and stalks is used to produce baskets and trays. Our banana stalk baskets are woven by a women's cooperative group in Nyaruguru District. The co-operative consists of 30 members and they weave together in a local schoolyard. The cooperative has provided the women with financial independence and also as a support group to rely on each other for advice.