TRANSITIONAL ITINERARY OF VERNACULAR BASKETRY IN EAST AFRICA

TRANSITIONAL ITINERARY OF VERNACULAR BASKETRY IN EAST AFRICA

Abstract

Basketry is the oldest and most varied plant-based crafts found around the world. The skill required in the production of these objects is often associated with factors such as people’s perceptions of the environment, conceptions of the self and means of economic interaction, social hierarchy, and division of labour (Novellino, Ertu, 2019).

The sisal baskets produced in the Taita Taveta County of Kenya are regarded by many as regional treasures, a cultural expression and an economic enterprise. These unique baskets are produced according to the traditional art by local women who have passed down the skill from generation to generation. Apart from sisal, there are various trends in basketry coming up in East Africa. Not only do designers use the original design, they have also come up with their own ‘signature’ look in basketry.