With advancements in telecommunications, a new type of multi-colored, plastic-coated copper wire, often referred to as telephone wire, came into being. Beginning in the late 1960's, Zulu night watchmen started weaving scraps of this wire around their traditional sticks. This new material was also applied to making 'imbenge' - beer pot covers - that had been traditionally made from grass and palm. Today, there is wide variety in the creative use of this wire, and, in post-Apartheid South Africa, Zulu craft artists are imbuing old forms with the colorful contemporary material of telecommunications. The result is a vibrant, distinctive new folk form gaining international attention. Keep the basket away from heat & sun.
Dimensions: 12 3/4" height x 13 3/4" diameter at the top.