WEAVING IN CAMEROON
Weaving baskets were an integral part of Cameroon tradition and custom, but nearly died out with the introduction of enamel, tin and plastic utensils. Decorative beer baskets were made for special events and purposes such as marriages, harvest, fertility, birth and as gifts to family or special friends. They were bound and stitched by hand “water tight” from grass and Ilala palm leafs (Hyphaene Coriacea). The natural color of the palm is beige. Other colors were came from natural dyes such as bark, berries, leaves, clay, roots, dung and combinations.
This is a small basket, even for Tutsi. We have asked contacts who agree, the fiber construction is not Tutsi and as you can see, neither is the makers choice or combination of bead colors.