Zulu Ukhamba baskets, also called Zulu beer baskets, which are among the best known handmade baskets in the world. Made by the Zulu people of South Africa, these stunning pot-shaped baskets are hand-woven from a wetland grass and ilala palm leaves, and are dyed with extracts from leaves, roots, wood ash, and other natural materials found locally. They are used in lieu of pottery for storing homemade beer and other liquids. They are typically bulb-shaped with rigid walls and a tight weave and snug-fitting lid. Traditionally they are lined with a cornflour paste to render them watertight, however ours are not sealed and should not be considered watertight. At our home, we use Ukhanbas for storing dry goods like lentils, and vegetable seeds.
Ukhamba baskets are available on our website and at our Bainbridge Island, WA store and Port Gamble, WA store.