Injabulo Blog

News & updates from Injabulo, a UK specialist supplier of Fairtrade African Baskets from Ghana and South Africa. Unique handmade baskets

Agasake Peace Baskets from Rwanda

Agaseke, is a beautiful Rwandan handcrafted basket that has been a part of the country’s culture for centuries. The baskets are woven from natural raw materials like sisal fibres, sweet grass, banana leaves and raffia. Rwandan women are taught how to weave the baskets from their mothers and grandmothers, carrying on a tradition that has been passed down from one generation to a...[Read More]

African Kente Cloth

Kente Cloth is a type of silk and cotton fabric made from interwoven cloth strips. Check out our beautiful Kente Fans here This fabric is worn by almost every Ghanaian tribe. Kente comes from the word kenten which means basket in the Asante dialect of Akan. West Africa has had a cloth weaving culture for centuries via the stripweave method, but Akan history tells of the cloth b...[Read More]

Weavers of Hope – meet Christine

The genocide of 1994, as a result of civil war between Hutu and Tutsi, left the country ravaged and over a million Rwandans lost their lives. The women of Rwanda are striving for a better future for themselves and their children and weave their stories, hopes and aspirations into their baskets. Christine is one of these ladies. Christine is 43 years old and has 6 children and 9...[Read More]

Weavers of Hope – Meet Joseline

The genocide of 1994, as a result of civil war between Hutu and Tutsi, left the country ravaged and over a million Rwandans lost their lives. The women of Rwanda are striving for a better future for themselves and their children and weave their stories, hopes and aspirations into their baskets. Joseline is one of these ladies. Joseline is 28 and now with her second partner as h...[Read More]

Weavers of Hope – Meet Vestine

The genocide of 1994, as a result of civil war between Hutu and Tutsi, left the country ravaged and over a million Rwandans lost their lives. The women of Rwanda are striving for a better future for themselves and their children and weave their stories, hopes and aspirations into their baskets. Vestine is one of these ladies. She is 38 years old, and first came to the project t...[Read More]

Weavers of Hope – Meet Uwera

The genocide of 1994, as a result of civil war between Hutu and Tutsi, left the country ravaged and over a million Rwandans lost their lives. The women of Rwanda are striving for a better future for themselves and their children and weave their stories, hopes and aspirations into their baskets. Uwera is one of these ladies. Uwera is 30. She lost her parents in the genocide when...[Read More]

Weavers of Hope – Meet Donata

The genocide of 1994, as a result of civil war between Hutu and Tutsi, left the country ravaged and over a million Rwandans lost their lives. The women of Rwanda are striving for a better future for themselves and their children and weave their stories, hopes and aspirations into their baskets. Donata is one of these ladies. Donata is 36, she has 4 children, the fourth born aft...[Read More]

Baskets from Rwanda

Basket-making is a Rwandan traditional craft. The baskets are made from sweet-grass, the women dye the grasses different colours and create many different patterns and styles. Artisans use a needle and thread to wrap hand dyed strands of sisal around bunches of locally sourced sweetgrass. Baskets can be seen everywhere in Rwanda. Their general domestic use has declined now, but...[Read More]

Why we buy from Baba Tree – an insight into everyday problems

Here is an extract from a very honest update from the founder of Baba Tree Baskets – Gregory McCarthy. We hope that it goes a long way to helping you to understand the problems that are faced every day in weaving the beautiful baskets that they produce.  We are very proud to be connected with this wonderful organisation that is doing so much to help and guide the Artisans...[Read More]

We’re Knitting for Pebbles again

Its a few years ago since our last Knitting Appeal but we’re asking you to pick up your needles again for the children at Pebbles. Pebbles is a children’s charity in the Cape Winelands.  Winters in the Cape can be very cold and so we would like to send the children some more knitwear to keep them warm this coming winter. We are asking for hats in any pattern, shape,...[Read More]

How Bolga Baskets are Made 4

  To weave a finely woven 16″ Baba Tree ‘Round’ basket it takes about 25,000 ‘knots’ – where warp meets weft – to complete the basket up to the point before the ‘coil’ starts. The weavers will complete the base of the basket and weave about three inches up the sides. Most weavers will then turn the basket over and attach a piece of string to t...[Read More]

How Bolga Baskets are Made 3

Different methods are used in preparing the straw for dyeing.  Some wrap small amounts of twisted or untwisted straw into rings whilst others tie together large bundles.  A pot of water is brought to the boil and the dye is added.  The dyes used are the natural basic and vat dyes commonly used for dyeing cotton cloth. The straw is then submersed in the solution and pressed down...[Read More]