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DATES FOR 2008:  OCTOBER 10th - 11th & 12th


Friday by appointment (not open to general public - call to book an appointment)

& then hosted reception  Friday night 6pm - 8pm

 (you're invited!)

Saturday 10am - 10pm

Sunday 10am - 3pm

...will be held in our NEW Gallery space upstairs!

Tholi holding a partially completed basket   

Once each year, Zanzibar Tribal Art features a three-day showing and sale of Museum-Quality Master-Weave Zulu Baskets as a benefit to the weavers of South Africa.  Zanzibar ALWAYS has a good supply of Zulu baskets in their gallery/store, however twice each year we 'raid the warehouse and fill our store and our stockroom with AMAZING BASKETS as a benefit for the weavers. 

During this three day event, we showcase hundreds of collector and museum quality baskets for the serious collector as well as affordable baskets for those just discovering these amazing baskets.  We offer baskets at up to 35% off retail - essentially at cost during our sale!

To learn more about these baskets, how they are made, by whom and how their purchase benefits the weavers, click here.

Our gallery showing just a few of the baskets we'll showcase 


Friday Oct 12th - Private Appointments during the day (call to schedule) Opening Reception this evening 6pm - 9pm

Saturday Oct 13th - Open from 10am - 10pm

Sunday Oct 14th - Last day of show 10am - 3pm


Prices start at $12 and go over $3,000.00

Baskets in everyone's price range!  Many in the $50 to $200 range.

This is an incredible opportunity for investing in what

may soon be a lost art!



In our fall 2007 show, we will feature hundreds of baskets, including those from the most recognized, collected and published weavers:  Beauty Ngxongo, Laurentia Dlamini, Vina Ndwandwe and Bettina Mlotshwa. 

FEATURED AT OUR MAY 2007 SHOW (among hundreds of baskets):

A basket by Rueben Ndwandwe (1943 - 2007) (one of only a couple of male weavers, however generally accepted as one of the best weavers in the world (if not THE Best).  He prefers his name be spelled Rueben, however in most printed literature his name is spelled Ruben and or Reuben Ndwandwe.  He is a World Class Master weaver. 

Rueben has Parkinson's and his ability to weave baskets (which he self learned while recuperating from Tuberculosis in a very long hospital stay) is limited.   Because he learned how to weave baskets by taking other baskets apart he developed his own very personal style of weaving, totally different from all others.  In the last few years Ruben has cut the number of baskets he made down by half.  He has attempted to start a school to teach other weavers his unique style, however as of this writing he hadn't successfully taught anyone (or perhaps it was that his students didn't have the patience) to weave in a fashion similar to his.  PLEASE NOTE:  in June 2007, Rueben passed away of complications from Tuberculosis.  He had a variety of TB that (at the time) was antibiotic resistant.  As luck would have it, several weeks after his death, trials for a NEW antibacterial drug for this variety of TB was started in South Africa.  In the days following his death, his baskets increased in value 10 fold in Durban, South Africa.  We no longer have any baskets available for sale of Reuben's.  Those lucky enough to own one of his baskets know that no one will ever make a basket like Rueben did...  he will be missed. 

Typically all baskets produced by everyone (American Indians, South Americans, Asians, Africans, Etc.) have a smooth side and a rough side. Functional baskets like Zulu baskets have a smooth side on the outside and rough side on the inside.  Purely decorative baskets have smooth side on the inside and rough side on the outside, especially for bowls and platter shaped baskets. Rueben's baskets are smooth on both sides.  His technically is more difficult to accomplish and takes 3-4 times more time to weave similar sized baskets.  Currently he is the only weaver who has mastered this technique, although we have one other master weaver (Busi, Scott's favorite weaver) who is self learning this unique style! (and her baskets are INCREDIBLY affordable right now!)  (Busi passed away from Complications of AIDS in 2004).

Rueben's homestead is not far from the town of Hlabisa, one of the major center of Zulu basket weaving district.  Rueben has won the South Africa National Best Artist award twice. The most recent in 2004. Rueben is married with two wives. His second wife is also a weaver.  He owns many cattle and is very respected with the Zulu nation. 

We have usually been lucky in acquiring ONE of his baskets every couple of years.  We acquired one in 2003 and sold it at our spring sale (2005).  We acquired TWO for our fall 2006 show, and sold both (they had doubled in value since 2005).   Rueben (or Ruben) is a world famous weaver, with example of his work in museum throughout the world, including the Smithsonian and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York's African Art Museum,  the South African Museum of Art and the South African Arts Center among many others.  Upcoming show at the San Francisco de Young Museum. 

Rueben Ndwandwe





A beautiful all black Isichumo style (water container basket) by Beauty Ngxongo.  Beauty is 54 years old, born in 1952 (or '53) in Kranskop, KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa.  There are only a select few Zulu weavers that we know of that are capable of weaving these uniquely shaped amazing water-tight baskets - and only one of TWO willing to weave them!  Beauty is a World Class Master weaver and this basket is currently on loan to the New York MET Museum, African wing and is on display.  See it here!  Beauty learned basket making by one of the most celebrated weavers in the last one hundred years (Laurentia Dlamini who turns 70 this year - she was one of the women who helped revive the craft back in 1970).  Beauty has won the South African National Best Artist award.  Her works (baskets) are published in MANY books and magazines, is in the permanent collection of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, is represented in all the major South African Museums including the South African National Gallery in Cape Town.   She has one daughter, Edna, who is also a master weaver.  They live in the REMOTE hills of Hlabisa in an area called the stairs (about 6,000 feet above sea level and with STUNNING views of the surrounding hills and valleys).   Regrettably she is HIV positive and while we will treasure every moment we have, we're not sure how long she will remain healthy.  Upcoming show at the San Francisco de Young Museum. 



Beauty Ngxongo



Zanzibar Tribal Art encourages and supports co-operative ventures with Zulu basket weavers from KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa to produce handcrafted museum specimen baskets.  KwaZulu-Natal is also known as the "garden province" of South Africa. Many women on this well-watered land of rolling hills work from their homes making traditional Zulu baskets. All the baskets are made by hand using natural raw materials obtained in the area.

The women are able to carry on their normal daily lives collecting water and planting the fields as well as attend to their children. These women have managed to turn the making of baskets into a home industry and supplementing their income, and for some this is their only form of income.

Each basket is unique in shape, pattern, color, weave and size. No two baskets are ever the same even if made by the same weaver.  This is a WONDERFUL opportunity to invest in these baskets!  Much like Native American baskets, Zulu Master Weaver baskets are SURE to increase in value DRAMATICALLY in the coming years!

Want to learn more about Zulu Baskets?  CLICK HERE!


Sample photos (all photos copywrite Zanzibar or Tribal Home)

  Thembi with AIDS memorial basket, copywrite Tribal Home   


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