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Wednesday, October 08 2014
Zulu wire bowls, traditional skills, contemporary design
These superb hand crafted Zulu baskets are woven from copper telephone wire .They are a contemporary art form involving incredible levels of skill and colour.
Zulu wire baskets
The telephone wire basket is a relatively recent craft development.The origins of telephone wire weaving have been  traced to Zulu night watchmen in urban areas of South Africa who would find discarded pieces of the wire and to banish boredom on night shifts took to weaving coloured wire around their traditional sticks. This skill was soon extended to include the making of the baskets.
Zulu wire bowls
These brilliant Zulu woven baskets now are exported worldwide and provide a sustainable and dignified income for the weavers .
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