Tutsi Agaseki African Basket – Rwanda And Burundi
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Tutsi Agaseki African Basket – Rwanda and Burundi
In Rwanda, fine basket weaving is a centuries-old artistic tradition that has been passed from mother to daughter for generations. By continuously honing their artistry and handiwork, some women become true masters of the art form. g Zag Flames Rwanda Lidded baskets such as this are among the most exquisite artworks made by the Tutsi women. The Tutsi (Watutsi or Watusi) people live mainly in Rwanda and Burundi alongside the Hutu and the Twa with whom they share similar cultures and speak the same language.
These baskets called Agaseki were made from vegetable fibers of sisal and papyrus trees (Nigwegwe). The grasses of these trees were soaked in the water for almost two weeks to make them soft. Then they were beaten with stones and dried.
This fine example with its Zig Zag Flame design measures 17 inches tall with a 10 inch top opening diameter.