These Makenge baskets will breathe new life and personality into any space. They're ideal for adding interest to walls, desks, and other rooms in your house. These baskets have a unique one-of-a-kind craftsmanship that makes them highly sought after. People think of them as collectors' items because of their age and historic features, such as the complicated raised grass patterns; many are valuable due to their history and traditional qualities.
Makenge are scraggly plants that may be found near bodies of water throughout the Mongu region. They have long, shallow roots that the weavers can easily dig up from the sandy soil. The last two-thirds of the root is removed, and at each chop, two new buds appear in its place. Because the roots may grow up to three feet per month, it is not harmful to the bushes and provides a long-term sustainable supply of weaving materials.
In Zambia, new brides are given a hand-woven basket made from the roots of the Makenge bush known to the rest of the world as "Makenge Basket". This is part of a centuries-old custom passed from generation to generation. The baskets are frequently handed down to the bride by her mother or in-laws, and she will pass them on to her own daughter when she gets married. In fact, the baskets are so long lasting that they may be used for hundreds of years in the same family.