New Fair Trade Zulu Telephone Wire Baskets by Ben Makhanya, Master Weaver
We just took delivery of some more beautiful creations from Ben.
Ben started weaving at the age of 28, in 2002. His previous job was as a bricklayer and he often had to leave his family for long periods of time to go to work on construction projects. He started weaving to earn an income and found that he thoroughly enjoyed it, experimenting with new designs, stitches and color combinations; he creates fascinating works of art. His designs and colors are inspired from patterns he sees in things around him … it could be something as simple as a newspaper ad or a piece of clothing that gives him an idea.
We first showed his work earlier this year and the reaction was great, so we knew that we should get some more pieces in as soon as we got the chance.
Here’s three of them (of course, they are available in our online store as well as at our location in downtown Springfield):