ZIENZELE

The Zienzele Foundation works in one of the poorest rural areas in Zimbabwe, providing support for orphans and building self-reliant communities. It co-ordinates 36 groups who make and sell baskets to pay for the education of 800+ orphans. 

The women make the baskets (called ‘Tsero’) at home and occasionally walk as far as ten kilometres to meet, catch up on life and sell their baskets. These get togethers have also provided us with a great opportunity to get to know the women and work on new designs with them. 

The baskets are made from the sisal plant, which grows prolifically in the area, and is ground down to a fibre, dried, dyed, twined and then wrapped and stitched around a core of sweet grass to create these finely woven baskets.

HOW IT'S MADE