Basketry

Designs

The most famous of all the craft products of Botswana is the basket. As an intergral part of the Botswana agricultural culture, baskets have been made and used traditionally for thousands of years.

 Although baskets are still very much a common sight in rural Botswana, more and more are being produced today for the commercial market.


Traditional Uses

 Closed baskets with lids are used for storing grain, seeds, and sometimes sorghum beer. 

Large, open bowl shaped baskets are used by the women for carrying items on their heads and for winnowing grain after it has been threshed. 

Smaller, plate shaped baskets are used for winnowing grain after it has been pounded.  

Materials

 The main raw material utilized to produce Botswana baskets is the fibre of the "vegetable ivory" palm tree (Hyphaene petersiana ), called Mokola in Botswana.

To create intricate designs, the natural cream-coloured palm fibre is dyed shades of brown with the roots or bark of the Motlhakola (Euclea divinorun ) and Motsentsila (Berchemia discolor ) trees.

Botswana baskets are each individual, and no one basket design can be ordered in quantities. We can try and find a similar basket if two are required, however no two will be identical.


The expansion and diversity of weaving techniques, designs and the use of colour are encouraged through upgrading courses, annual competitions and exhibitions. 


Today, the baskets of Botswana are equal to the finest of art forms found in the world.  

Learn More about botswana baskets

Running Ostrich

Africa/Botswana Basket - Running Ostrich  - Made by Napemba Mashopa - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Napemba Mashopa

BWP 1089.00

$108.90

265 grams

26.5cm diameter

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Floral Geometry

African/Botswana Basket - Floral Geometry - Kushamona Keemetse - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Kushamona Keemetse

BWP 1089.00

$108.90

180 grams

25cm diameter 

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Forehead of the Giraffe

African/Botswana Basket - Forehead of the Giraffe - Mashinga Thomas - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Mashinga Thomas

BWP 675.00

$67.50

410 grams

31cm diameter

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Roof of the Rondavel (traditional hut)

African/Botswana Basket - Rondavel Roof design - Edare Sembanda - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Edare Sembanda

BWP 675.00

$67.50

325 grams

30cm diameter

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Urine Trail of the Bull

African/Botswana Basket - Urine Trail of the Bull - Ngombe Samoronga - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Ngombe Samoronga

BWP 740.00

$74

290 grams

22cm height

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Abstract Geometry

African/Botswana Basket - Abstract Geometry - Mahurero Dishero - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Mahurero Dishero

BWP 4657.00

$465.70

2.14kg

44cm height

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Forehead of the Giraffe

African/Botswana Basket - Forehead of the Giraffe - Kapanyi Mponda - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Kapanyi Mponda

BWP 2050.00

$ 205

26cm  diameter 

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Flight of the Swallow

African/Botswana Basket - Flight of the Swallow - Diidhi Disho - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Diidhi Disho 

BWP 3100.00

$ 310

32cm  diameter 

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Abstract Geometry

African/Botswana Basket - Abstract Geometry - Made by Khumo Setabosha - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Khumo Setabosha

BWP 4150.00

$415

34cm  diameter 

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Forehead of the Kudu

African/Botswana Basket - Forehead of the Kudu - Made by Moyowa Fly - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Mayowa Fly

BWP 4500.00

$450

39cm  diameter 

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Flower

African/Botswana Basket - Flower Design - Made by Mahurero Dishero - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Mahurero Dishero

BWP 1100.00

$110

23cm  diameter 

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Palm Leaf

African/Botswana Basket - Palm Leaf Design - Made by Kathiko Muyevo - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Kathiko Muyevo

BWP 3100.00

$310

34cm  diameter 

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Flower

African/Botswana Basket - Flower Design - Made by Dishaka Morao - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Dishaka Morao

BWP 4500.00

$ 450

38cm  diameter 

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Roof of the Rondavel

African/Botswana Basket - Roof of the Rondavel - Karenao Phethatho - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Karenao Phethatho

BWP 2800.00

$ 280

39cm  diameter 

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Knees of the Tortoise

African/Botswana Basket - Knees of the Tortoise - Mokhwahepo Muronga - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Mokhwahepo Muronga

BWP 3800.00

$ 380

37cm  diameter 

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Floral Symmetry

African/Botswana Basket - Floral Symmetry - Made by Semporene Muronga - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Semporene Muronga

BWP 5250.00

$525

46cm  diameter 

e4901

Ribs of the Giraffe

African/Botswana Basket - Ribs of the Giraffe - Made by Dishaka Morao - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Dishaka Morao

BWP 3100.00

$310

33cm

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Flight of the Swallow

African/Botswana Basket - Flight of the Swallow - Kanyana Twapika - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Kanyana Twapika

BWP 2300.00

$ 230

31cm  diameter 

e4880

Back of the Python

African/Botswana Basket - Back of the Python - Napemba Mashupa - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Napemba Mashupa

BWP 4150.00

$ 415

38cm  diameter 

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Running Ostrich

African/Botswana Basket - Running Ostrich - Made by Keitumetse Morite - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Keitumetse Morite

BWP 2300.00

$ 230

28cm  diameter 

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Forehead of the Kudu

African/Botswana Basket - Forehead of the Kudu - Kurushe Diyeve - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Kurushe Diyeve

BWP 2050.00

$205

28cm  diameter 

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Animal Print

African/Botswana Basket - Animal Print - Kare Maramo - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Kare Maramo

BWP 7000.00

$700

55cm height

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Flower

African/Botswana Basket - Flower Design - Kushamona Keemetse - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Kushamona Keemetse

BWP 3450.00

$345

35.5cm  diameter 

e4917

Forehead of the Giraffee

African/Botswana Basket - Forehead of the Giraffe - Tupwemo Mafuta - Available from Botswanacraft

Made by Tupwemo Mafuta

BWP 3900.00

$390

29cm  diameter 

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Our online catalog is currently very small but growing. 


Botswana baskets are each individual, and no one basket design can be ordered in quantities. We can try and find a similar basket if two are required, however no two will be identical. 


 To purchase any item, please send us an e-mail quoting the item reference number. Prices exclude shipping. Delivery takes one to two weeks.
 

To process payment we need visa / mastercard details, the 3 digit cvc number on the reverse of the card, and a telephone number for the courier company to reach you. This information can either be emailed to us, or faxed to (+267) 3922689.


You can e-mail Botswanacraft below or -sales@botswanacraft.bw 

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