17" RARE Antique Makenge Basket – Paulski Art
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PLEASE NOTE: These are collectible/Antique baskets. They are old, absolutely beautiful and some will have imperfections related to aging such as fiber or stitching breaks with a slight wood/Smokey smell due to being stored in traditional huts. This is a common feature known with all antique Makenge baskets.

SPECIFICATIONS
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Diameter: 17 Inches
Depth: 3-4 Inches
Material: Makenge Root Fiber
Origin: Zambia
Colors: Typically Natural, Browns and Grays
Uses: Mantle or Wall Display

HISTORY
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A century old and traditional technique of craftsmanship, Antique Makenge Baskets were handmade by highly skilled women artisans using fibers of the makenge bush root. The root was boiled at high temperatures to soften the skin/fibers which was then dyed using natural plant ingredients to provide functional weaving fibers. Today Old Makenge baskets are near impossible to find as many villagers no longer make them due to the intricate and time consuming process.

A single basket then, took anywhere between 4 - 6 weeks to construct and required a lot of patience. It is no wonder why these baskets were used as a bridal gift and kept as an heirloom representing a new life journey (marriage), family and prosperity.

CARE/DISPLAY
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- Wood/Smokey smell is a common feature with old Makenge baskets as most were stored in traditional huts with wood burning stoves. Any organic air spray can be used.
- Clean core of basket with a damp cloth and allow to dry as needed. Avoid brim to minimize braid damage.
- Display of baskets can be on a mantle or leaned against a wall. If hanging on a wall, we recommend thin profile nails with wide heads.

SHIPPING AND RETURNS ( U.S & CANADA)
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Please allow 3-4 business days to process each order. Basket will be shipped via UPS ground. Due to the intricate and antique nature of each basket, we do not accept any returns. If you have any questions, kindly let us know prior to ordering. Images shown are of actual product.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Where is my order shipping from?

All orders directly placed on www.paulskiart.com will be shipped from our warehouse in Salt Lake City, Utah via UPS or USPS carriers. 

When will my order be shipped?

We require 3-4 business days to process all incoming orders. Once shipped, orders will typically take 4-6 business days (UPS/USPS) to arrive within the U.S. Canada orders can take up to 2 weeks pending any customs delays. 

Can I expedite my order?

Unfortunately we do not offer expedited shipping given we always require 3-4 business days to properly package and box up each order.

Do you offer international shipping?

Yes! Outside of the U.S, we ship to Canada and most of the EU. If interested in one of our products with no international shipping, kindly contact us and we can accommodate your request. International orders will be shipped via USPS or DHL and all shipping costs are covered by the customer. 

What is your return policy?

We offer a 14-day return policy starting from the date of delivery. Please note that all return shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer. To qualify for a refund, returned goods must be in their original condition and free of damage. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to these guidelines. Thank you 

How can I track my order?

Once your order has been shipped, an automated email containing a tracking number will be sent to the email used in your order. If you have not received this email, kindly check your spam folder as well or contact us directly.

What if I received a damaged or defective item?

All orders are carefully packaged and inspected prior to shipping. If you received a damaged item outside of the product description particularly for antique goods, then it would be our responsibility to accept the return and cover shipping costs. Please contact us via email with supporting images. 

How do I contact customer service?

Please visit our contact us page and will be sure to answer all questions within a 2 hours window.