By: Etsha Weavers, Peter Mabeo
Edition: One of a Kind
Material: Mokola Palm
Design Date: 2013
Production Date: 2013
Diameter: 34 cm
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Taking at least a month to make, these baskets are woven from the leaves of the Mokola palm, which are dyed using roots and barks from other indigenous trees—a method adapted by the Etsha weavers in Botswana. All elements are harvested sustainably, leaving the tree intact.
No one describes these baskets with quite the same heartfelt passion as Peter Mabeo, the Motswana gallerist, entrepreneur, and designer responsible for bringing the work of the Etsha weavers to global audiences: “I am in awe of the talent, patience, and humility they have toward their craft. While it is important to tell their tragic history, I’m proud to have the opportunity to present their work in a way that honors their tremendous skill. These objects stand as universal exemplars of how tragedy can be transformed into beauty.”