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Vibrant baskets from Swaziland

The secret is in the brilliantly-dyed grasses

Vibrant baskets from Swaziland

October 08 2009
Lucia van der Post

There’s something about baskets that appeal universally. Recently arrived in the UK are vibrant baskets from the Gone Rural boMake community in the southern African kingdom of Swaziland. Here rural communities use brilliantly dyed bales of lutindzi, the local grass, to make baskets that appeal to such sophisticated tastes as Nicole Farhi, as well as the buyers at Selfridges and the British Museum. Use them to organise jewellery, make-up, sewing materials, or just gaze at them for pleasure. Prices start at £12.50.