Injabulo Blog

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

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]

Pebbles Annual Report

If you are a follower of the wonderful Pebbles Project and the work they do click on the link to find out what they have achieved over the past year – just wonderful!

Bolga Baskets How they are Made 2

The Weaving Process Splitting – The straw is first split into two halves by biting every single piece in the middle at one end with the teeth to open it into two.  The teeth hold the first half and the other half is pulled down with one hand.  About half an inch to the end of the straw, the process is ended.  This is to make the next step easier. Twisting – the spli...[Read More]

Bolga Baskets – How they are Made 1

The straw is the main material used in producing Bolga baskets.  It is obtained from a tropical grass commonly known as the elephant grass with Pennisetum purpureum as the latin name.  The local names include Nanchem Gulu (Kassena Nankana),  Kulukata (Gruni),  Kpenpening (Bulk),  Kulkara ( Dagomba).  The grass grows along banks of rivers, streams and swampy areas.  The grass gr...[Read More]

Understanding the patterns on a Zulu Basket

  The Marriage Design A special basket is woven by the Bride, or a member of her family, as a gift from her to the Groom, which he will use at the Wedding as a beer-drinking vessel.  The story of the marriage is woven for prosperity, and for all to see – the more affluent the family, the more detailed the design woven into the basket. Small Squares or Dots – A celebr...[Read More]

New Initiative from Pebbles Project

PEBBLES PROJECT-Sponsor A Sanitary Kit Programme A wonderful new initiative to help teenage girls. The main emphasis of the Pebbles Project is education. We enrich the lives of disadvantaged children and families in the Winelands farming communities in the Western Cape, South Africa. We focus on the entire life of the child and the challenging circumstances in which they live i...[Read More]

Incomparable Ceramic Buttons – Made and Painted by Hand

Most of the Incomparable team had never held a paintbrush before they joined the company and are now absolute masters of their brushes and justifiably proud of their work. The ladies sense of belonging within the company and skills as crafters not only gives them tremendous pleasure but also working under Fair Trade policies provides them with economic empowerment and has uplif...[Read More]

Our beautiful Sponsor Children at Pebbles Project

Click on the link to find out the latest news about these two adorable children. Thando & Logan

Zulu Baskets – A natural touch of colour

Zulu Baskets are made using Ilala palm which grows along the North Eastern coast of Kwa Zulu Natal.  Once cut and dried, the leaf is then prepared for weaving into fine, often watertight, baskets.  The natural shade of the Ilala palm is cream and all other colours are obtained by boiling roots, berries, leaves and the bark of indigenous flora.  Many are seasonal. Brown/Black (I...[Read More]

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