Part of a range of handcrafted baskets, dishes and bowls made using the leaves of the dried Doum Palm Leaf, the Rayon De Soleil basket was handcrafted by members of the Tavie Co-operative of Northern Niger, a co-operative that supports Tuareg women. The Tuareg are one of the few remaining tribes that still lead a nomadic life, fighting to preserve a culture that is facing great change to their traditional way of life. The designs of the Tuareg are distinctive one only has to called to mind the silver crosses and discs often seen on jewellery, featuring the instantly recognisable patterns. Each product is given a mark of authenticity in the firm of a silver metal tube which is incorporated into the product and bears a unique number. Entering the number on the Tavie website allows the customer to find out more about the village and origin of their purchase.
…a simply beautiful example of contemporary African design