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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?