Telephone Wire Baskets
Intricately woven by Zulu Craftsmen, these urban versions of the grass and palm bowls originally made "back home" were started by Zulu men working in the mines, where they discovered off cuts of plastic covered telephone wire in a myriad of bright colours. Ideally suited to weaving, being fine and flexible. The bowls are worked with great precision into intricate and colourful patterns. The Zulu Telephone Wire work has gained international fame and has become very collectable.
Most baskets are woven from the bottom up whereas with wire weaving it is done from the top down. These inventive weavers start with a thick wire at the top rim of the basket and then work their way down, pulling each wire taut against a form to create the baskets shape.
The wire used today is custom manufactured in special colours using some recycled and all lead-free materials. The wire is manufactured in South Africa.
These unique baskets are especially functional and can be washed in warm, soapy water.