Telephone Wire Bowls
Medium Round Bowl ~ 7.0" x 2.25"
Small round bowl - Mocha ~ Size 4.5" x 2"
Tuna Tin ~ 3.5" x 1.3"T
The Zulu people have long been associated with their skill and artistry in fashioning baskets from the native plants and grasses of their homeland as well as for their intricate and culturally important bead work.
The original idea to use recycled telephone wire for baskets reportedly came from security workers on the graveyard shift in South African factories. To while away the hours, they would often wind and weave brightly colored bits of telephone wire around their nightsticks.
Weaving of these baskets from the top down and over a form makes them even more unusual. Most baskets are woven from the bottom up. These inventive weavers start with a thick wire at the top rim of the basket and then work their way down, pulling each wire taut against a form to create the basket’s shape.