African Winnowing Basket
This Winnowing Basket commonly known as Rusero was handcrafted by the Shona artisans in Zimbabwe. This basket is of the highest quality and is finished off with traditional Zimbabwean weave patterns. The Shona artisans use their talents passed down from generation to generation to make these baskets using various/different grasses and reeds. Some grasses get stained to a color choice but in most cases the natural color of the grass is used.
Winnowing is the action of separating the grain from the chaff- the inedible covering found on the grain. After flailing the grain, the farmer puts the wheat in the winnowing basket. During a breezy day the threshing barn doors are opened. The farmer uses the winnowing basket to toss the grain into the air where the wind sweeps away the chaff.
- Only one available
- Measures 21"D x 1.5"H
- Made in Zimbabwe
- Ships fast from USA
- Ethically & sustainably handcrafted
About The Artisans
This beautiful work of art was purchased directly from the Shona artists in Zimbabwe. We source our handmade Shona products through a small family-run supplier in Harare who has been working with and supporting these talented artists for over 10 years. Your purchases of these products help provide stable employment and basic needs for many dependents at a time when unemployment and inflation in Zimbabwe are at unimaginable levels.
Our handmade products are Fair Trade with the artists either working for themselves or working in co-operatives. The items purchased from our Shona artists support the indigenous tribes of Zimbabwe. We believe that it is now more important than ever to keep supporting these artists during these increasingly difficult times as the ability of these artists to support their families depends on our purchases.