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Uduseke Storage Baskets

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The agaseke basket (Uduseke is the plural) is the quintessentially Rwandan craft.
After the genocide weaving groups from both ethnic groups worked to-gether and the baskets became known as “Peace baskets”.
Made by sewing sisal fibre around a papyrus frame they were traditionally used to store jewellery and food. They were also given to the groom from the bride’s family – the lid signifying the women was pure.
Today they are recognized across the world as one of Rwanda’s finest craft
products. It can be use for storage or decoration.
Useful for storing just about anything and absolutely stunning addition to any house.

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Uduseke Storage Baskets

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Uduseke Storage baskets (Agaseke is the singular) are the quintessential Rwandan craft.
After the genocide weaving groups from both ethnic groups worked to-gether and the baskets became known as “Peace baskets”.
Made by sewing sisal fibre around a papyrus frame they were traditionally used to store jewellery and food. They were also given to the groom from the bride’s family – the lid signifying the women was pure.
Today they are recognized across the world as one of Rwanda’s finest craft
products. It can be use for storage or decoration.
Useful for storing just about anything and absolutely stunning addition to any house.
Dimensions:
Small – Udoseke stacking baskets – set of 5 stacking baskets inside ranging from mini to 22cm tall)
Medium – 40cm tall
Large – 50cm  tall
Extra Large – 60cm tall

The Craft Group that we get our crafts from in Rwanda

The group is made up of 12 Ladies. They are widows and orphans who lost their families during the Genocide in 1994.

After the genocide they arrived  in Kigali where life continued to be a challenge for them. They were all traumatized, with no hope to live at all. But they had to eat, they had to get somewhere to live, some had children that they had to look after.

The first two met before and shared the stories and came up with ideas of what they can do as an income generating activity. They realized that they can do some handcrafts and sell them. They started with their limited skills but they could make a few things and sell them. That was in 1996. They have since met other people with same life stories and included them in the group and trained them in what they were doing.

They started selling their products locally in Rwanda until they met Callum Henderson from Comfort International who could share their products outside of Rwanda.

All of them have skills to make everything that that they make, but everyone has special skills to make something different from that of her colleagues. So whenever they work, everyone knows what she is in charge of.

They work at one of the houses of one of the members but everyone will also work at home at any time.

Their lives has totally changed, some were able to buy homes and to pay the school fees for their children.

They are now one of the most successful projects of widows and orphans in Kigali.

To know more please visit Comfort International.

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Small Stacking baskets, Medium, Large, Extra Large

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