Injabulo Blog

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

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]

Bolgatanga Baskets

The Bolga basket evolved out of woven instruments for farming, particularly sieves, which were perfectly round and without handles. Sieves were woven to brew the local alcohol, Pito. Pito was, and still is, a ceremonial alcoholic drink brewed from millet and guinea corn (sorghum) and drunk from shared calabashes at marriage ceremonies, funerals, festivals, and baby naming cerem...[Read More]

Why Bolga Baskets Come from Bolga

Have you ever wondered why something is made in a specific place and then gives it it’s name? Well, in terms of the Bolga Basket, there are of course some very good reasons why this distinctive colourful basket came to be. The main reason for basket weaving in this region is due to the poor fertility of the soil around Bolgatanga, making it unsuitable for extensive agricu...[Read More]

The Story Behind Zulu Beer Baskets

Traditionally the Zulu Beer Basket is used to store the home brew beer made by the Zulus. They are woven in such a way that when the weave gets wet it expands and becomes watertight. Decorative beer baskets were made for special events and purposes e.g. Marriage, Harvest, Fertility and Birth Celebrations and as gifts for family or special friends. In terms of traditional marria...[Read More]