Garlic Gourds: A Symbol of African Heritage and Artistry – Paulski Art

Garlic Gourds: A Symbol of African Heritage and Artistry

Garlic Gourds: A Symbol of African Heritage and Artistry

Originating from Zimbabwe, garlic baskets are organically woven masterpieces with each having its own unique style and wave feature. These abstract forms of basketry closely resemble garlic bulbs, giving them their distinctive name - garlic gourds. Not only are garlic gourds a beautiful addition to any home décor, but they also hold deep cultural significance as symbols of African heritage and artistry.

XL Garlic Gourd - African Floor Basket

Garlic gourds are meticulously handcrafted using Ilala palm leaves, a natural and sustainable material. Each basket is woven with great care and attention to detail, resulting in a unique piece of African decor that showcases the artistry and craftsmanship of the local artisans.

These African floor baskets come in various sizes, but the larger Garlic Gourds are truly a statement piece. With dimensions of 20-24" wide x 21" height, these basket demands attention and instantly becomes the focal point of any room.

Functionally, garlic gourds can be used in multiple ways. If shaped to sit up straight, they can hold pampas stems, dried branches, or other decorative elements, adding a touch of natural beauty to your space. Alternatively, the unique design and shape of the garlic gourd basket make it an eye-catching decorative piece on its own, often placed in corners or leaning down to create a visually appealing display.

When caring for your garlic gourd basket, it is important to note that they are typically woven to rest on their side rather than straight up. However, if you prefer to have your basket sit upright, you can easily shape it by soaking it with warm water and gently molding it to the desired position. Allow the basket to dry in direct sunlight for 24 hours, and it will maintain its shape.