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AFRICAN BASKETWARE: A DESIGN COLLABORATION WITH A CONSCIENCE

AFRICAN BASKETWARE: A DESIGN COLLABORATION WITH A CONSCIENCE
11 July 2017

Linen House’s ongoing collaboration with the people of Ntenyo in rural Rwanda has resulted in a superb collection of Agaseke baskets to help support their small community.



A centuries-old tradition, Agaseke are household baskets hand-crafted from locally sourced sisal fibres, sweet grass, banana leaves, tea leaves and raffia. Mothers and grandmothers pass down this traditional, all-consuming craft through the generations.

Symbolic of hope for a bright future, Agaseke baskets are also considered a highly esteemed gift in Rwandan matrimonies, which are used for storing grains, fruits and decorative pieces for the marital home.



Featuring now on our online store, this artisan basketware collection was shaped through social enterprise endeavours by a group of Ntenyo women, primarily to earn income through fair trade while building rapport and promoting reconciliation after the mass genocide of 1994 left communities scarce, displaced and desperate.

Each of these Agaseke baskets have been artfully dyed and woven by hand using sisal from Ntenyo-grown plants. Designed to complement our tribal-themed winter story, these iconic baskets are both decorative and functional, each one teamed with a string to hang on a wall. They’re also ideal for storing all those small, pesky household items throughout your home.

There are twelve one-of-a-kind baskets to fall in love with – all purchases made will help support the wonderful Ntenyo community.


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