Binga baskets are traditionally woven by the women of the Binga district in Zimbabwe and are decorative pieces that add real value to your interior. Binga baskets are used as wall decoration items. They are hip and happening and form a nice income source for the Tonga women who weave them.
Many Tonga women use traditional weaving techniques to create intricately patterned baskets. All-natural and locally harvested materials – such as wild grasses, small vines, and palm leaves dyed with tree bark – make up the baskets.
The largest-sized bowls are still used by the Tonga people for their original purpose of winnowing grains.
Binga basket is woven using the over and under the style of ‘simple’ weaving and has a 34 cm diameter.
It takes around 3 days to produce 1 basket
The baskets are finished using a coiled rim with a distinctive herringbone pattern.
The Binga baskets are named after the remote Binga region in Zimbabwe home to the displaced Tonga people.
In the early 1960s, their fertile lands on the Zambezi River shore were permanently buried in water during the construction of the world’s largest man-made lake.
The damming of the Zambezi River created lake Kariba, which holds four times the water as China’s three gorges dam. As the lake filled, the Tonga people were forced to relocate to their current lands that are barren and difficult to farm in North-West Zimbabwe. There are also Tonga people -separated from their families by the 2,000 square mile lake – that live in the South of the neighboring country of Zambia.