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Banana Striped Panel Box

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$32.00 USD
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Stay beautifully organized in this new year

Lightweight and oh-so-useful box that is made with woven banana leaves in a classic chevron pattern and lined in a cotton fabric. This is the perfect size for washcloths, pantry organization and or creative close storage.

Size: 10.5"x6"x6"

To create this box, artisans use dried leaves from their banana trees.  They remove the surface of the leaf, divide it into strips, then weave the chevron design.  The black color leaf is from a special kind of banana tree.  The box’s lining is sewn on a pedal-powered sewing machine.

About the Artisans

The Twivanemubukene Cooperative began in April 2007 with 15 members. These women – neighbors and members of the same parish – chose to come together in order to fight poverty and to share skills in handicrafts. Many group members are widows who had been struggling to care for their families. They are united by their faith and determination, looking past differences of age or ethnic group.

Today, the women of Twivanembukene specialize in making photo frames and placemats from banana leaf and palm leaf. They also craft Banana Panel Cubes. The majority of the crafting work is done by each member in her home. But every Monday and Friday afternoon, the cooperative gathers to work together, practicing their skills and, most importantly, encouraging, teaching and coaching one another. They discuss issues such as family planning and they sing and pray together. Each week the members make a small contribution to the group, which is used to benefit the members.  They have also been able to purchase solar lamps and stoves that use less firewood through an Azizi Life microcredit plan.


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