In Rwanda, Traditional Peace Baskets are often used to hold other gifts- like the one given by every bride to her new husband’s mother. These baskets are then proudly displayed in the home or used to contain dry goods such as beans or rice.
The Traditional Journey Design
Our artisan partner Pascasie Mukaburigo is an elder and founder of the Peace Baskets Cooperative. Pascasie told us that the basket’s traditional pattern, called umuraza, represents a path travelled together.
Imagine two friends walking together to visit another dear friend. On their heads, they carry traditional baskets, filled with gifts from their harvest. They journey together down the path, through the hills of Rwanda, pausing to chat, and continuing on to the home of their friend.
A gift to a mother is given discreetly, held in a beautiful basket.
It is the mother who holds the secrets of the heart.
– Rwandan Tradition
Celebrate your love for people, resilience and beauty with our artisan-made home décor and gifts. Azizi Life is committed to loving, fair trade, ethical relationships. A portion of profit is donated to benefit our community impact projects.
The Handcrafted Details
- An artisan weaves for about a week to complete one basket.
- Crafted from valley grasses and banana leaves, woven over a papyrus frame.
- Masterfully sized, the lid snaps on by aligning it with the base from back to front.
- Approximately 12.5 inches tall (including the lid).
- Care: Dust with a smooth, dry cloth. Or feather duster. Everyone loves a good feather duster!
- Ethically crafted by a person in rural Rwanda.
- Azizi Life is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and committed to fair trade principles.
- Every product supports our community impact projects.
- Also available in Rwanda at the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
Agaseke k’Amahoro Cooperative
The artisans of Agaseke k’Amahoro weave Traditional Grass Peace Baskets. The cooperative, born from the turmoil of the genocide, is comprised of neighbors from both sides of the conflict, working together for peace and reconciliation. Their vision is to promote peace within and outside their group as they practice their art for their livelihood. “We must continue to work for wholeness. We must continue to pray for peace.” - Pascasie Mukamuligo, PresidentMeet the Artisan