If you are keen on Interior décor, then you must have noticed a certain trend of wall decoration that has a lot to do with baskets. Tonga baskets to be precise. This style of wall decoration is popular with but not limited to the Bohemian style of interior decoration. You will find this décor style trending far and wide.
Tonga baskets are baskets woven by the Tonga women of the Southern Province of Zambia renowned for their basket weaving.
The baskets have a distinctive design with a square bottom forming the foundation of the basket.
Who needs drab walls when you have Tonga baskets?
Tonga baskets are very beautiful to look at. There’s just something about these baskets besides being artistic and creative. So wallpapers or bold paint are not your idea of a feature wall? Why not show off your space with a wall full of Tonga baskets?
Taking time to decorate your walls means that you do care about your living space. To add a bit of effortless difference, a couple of beautiful Tonga baskets to the rescue!
We can’t always have our spaces looking the same. A bit of difference is what makes us unique. It is a good thing then that Tonga baskets have different, unique designs. There’s quite a variety of patterns and sizes to choose from.
On the downside though, Tonga baskets can be quite expensive. This is partly due to the amount of work that goes into making them. It takes approximately two weeks to complete a basket of about 35cm wide hence the prices vary with size. The wider/bigger it is, the more expensive the basket will be. Also, they have to shipped from Zambia to different countries and this alone cannot be cheap.
It is important to note that the Tonga women grow their own ilala palm (raw material) for making the Tonga baskets.
But on the upside, you can never go wrong with Tonga baskets. They are uniquely beautiful and they will always add that certain je ne sais quoi to your space…whether it is your livingroom, bedroom, dinng area, balcony, kitchen or even your store, restaurant , work space…name it!
Inspo on how to decorate your entryway with Tonga baskets
The Tonga baskets were traditionally used for carrying maize or sorghum from the fields and then winnowing the grain. The Tonga women still use the baskets for doing this.