Telephone Wire Basket #01
Origin: South Africa
Material(s): Telephone Wire
Dimensions: 19cm in diameter / 6cm deep
Telephone wire baskets evolved from a traditional Zulu basket known as an mbenge. These shallow, bowl shaped baskets were - and are still - made from palm leaf, and used as lids to cover containers. With urbanisation, the availability of materials changed, and the skills used to make these baskets were adapted accordingly.