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Z is for Zulu Telephone Wire Baskets: A to Z Challenge 2014

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Zulu Telephone Wire Basket and Nutmeg Designs Mosaic.
Zulu Telephone Wire Basket and Nutmeg Designs Mosaic.

My sister brought me Zulu telephone wire baskets from South Africa, and I was mesmerized by the intense colors.  Zulu weavers traditionally used palm fibers with subtle colors for vessels to store food and beer.  According to Anitra Nettleton, men who migrated to the cities as night watchmen began using telephone wire to weave in brighter colors.  Now the Fair Trade cooperatives that create these baskets buy plastic coated wire directly from suppliers, who have added more colors.

Zulu Baskets at Wonderland Avenue School
Zulu Baskets at Wonderland Avenue School

 

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