Basket weavers in search of markets

A group of women from five basket weaving communities are showcasing their wares at the Basket Case 11 Exhibition here in collaboration with other prominent African and European artists.

One of the exhibitors at the National Gallery in Bulawayo.
One of the exhibitors at the National Gallery in Bulawayo.

The exhibition is part of the Creative Industries Programme organised by the European Union National Institutes (EUNIC) Zimbabwe Cluster in collaboration with the National Gallery to promote sustainable development of the creative industry by forging links with European and regional markets. Sam Harvey, director of the British Council, said the interaction of rural weavers and renowned artists would help improve the quality of art products.

“Art can be an important tool in eradicating poverty and I believe through collaboration and initiatives like this, art can have a positive impact on the lives of our weavers,” she said.

Artist Alexandra Bircken from Germany and designer Matali Crasset from France assisted the Bulawayo Home Industries in coming up with quality and value added products.

“These two artists have made a difference in the way our women used to weave their products. There is now an exciting style of basketry that the women have adopted following the training,” said Bulawayo Home Industries Craft production officer.

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