Injabulo Blog

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

February Newsletter – Marching On

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Interview for Yarndale At Home 2020

In 2019 we won ” Best Stand” at Yarndale – here is the link to the feature about us https://yarndale.co.uk/injabulo-interview-2019-best-stand-winner/

Origins of Zulu Ilala Palm Baskets

Zulus have been weaving baskets for centuries.  Up until 1800 Zulu men did the weaving.  However European Colonial contact changed that when men were forced to work in the mines and women had to learn to weave and did so producing items for day to day use until about 1920.  Then as outside utensils ( cups, containers, pans) found their way to the most remote regions of Zulu lan...[Read More]

Authenticity

Recently we have seen more and more examples of “African Art” being produced in China and Vietnam and sold as such. Please be assured we only sell baskets that are produced in Africa and each of our baskets comes with an authenticity certificate showing where it was made and in some cases the name of the weaver.

January Newsletter 2

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January Newsletter

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News ( not particularly good news) from Rwanda

Given below is an extract of the latest update by Meg Jenkins (pictured above) who runs the project in Kigali but is currently in UK “There are further regulations imposed on the population, namely there is a curfew between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Children over the age of 2 must wear a mask when outside and children under the age of 14 should stay at home. Everyone must wear a ...[Read More]

More on Telephone Wire Baskets

For many years now we have sold beautiful telephone wire baskets/bowls created using the more complex method of “soft wire weaving” where the basket is created over a mould.  Recently however we have bought in more exciting products woven using the “hard wire” technique. The structure of objects made using this technique is based on a spiral of thick wir...[Read More]

Telephone Wire Baskets as Lampshades!

Telephone Wire Baskets are beautiful, exclusive, unique and very different. Have you ever thought of turning one into a lampshade or using an assortment of the medium or large range as pendant lights? A small hole can be made in the top to thread the wire through. Make a statement in your home with these beautiful baskets.

An Update on the Kinamba Project in the Covid crisis.

June 1st 2020 This is a brief update on the situation with the food distributions that are being made to families in Kigali. Seven distributions at an approximate cost of £21,000 so far. It seemed that the situation in Kigali was improving with more free movement for people, but our families are still not able to work. Yesterday the government announced that planned easing of r...[Read More]

Pennisetum Purpureum or better known as Elephant Grass

The straw is the main material used in producing a Bolga Basket.  It is obtained from a tropical grass commonly known as elephant grass.  The local names include Nanchem Gulu, Kulukata, Kpenpening and Kulkara.  The grass grows along banks of rivers. streams and swampy areas.  The grass grows, matures and tussles just like wheat.  The straw then tussles with a broom-like flower ...[Read More]

How we are dealing with Coronavirus (Covid19)

This is a time of uncertainty for us all. On line ordering will continue as normal as we’ve found that postal and courier services seem to be operating normally.  When we pack orders we take hygenic precautions by washing our hands and sanitising surfaces. Is it safe to receive parcels by post/courier?  This is the official response being given out by World Health organis...[Read More]

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