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Binga weavers to showcase in Germany

A GROUP of women weavers from Binga Craft Centre and Bulawayo Home Industries will be showcasing their wares at the Ambiente Basket Case 11 fair which will be held in Frankfurt in Germany.
The fair, which will be held from 13 to 17 February this month, is being facilitated by Sebastian Herkner in partnership with Ambiente Fair.
The British Council, Alliance Francaise and Zimbabwe Germany Society are funding the expo.
Curated by National Gallery of Zimbabwe curator, Raphael Chikukwa and Christine Eyene, Basket Case 11 is currently on show at the Bulawayo Art Gallery.
Chikukwa said the exhibition will be a collaboration between two internationally acclaimed designers and Zimbabwean weaving communities as part of a series of residences and design workshops held in Zimbabwe last year.
“Under the collaboration programme, Matali Crasset, French industrial designer worked together with Bulawayo Home Industries Women to improve the iconic Bulawayo gourd basket. Crasset taught the women how to create both functional and decorative objects and forms that are natural evolutions of the gourd. Pieces from this collaboration include bags, mirror stands, vases and the Matopos sculptural bowls or trays weaved out of Zimbabwe’s natural fibres such as ilala or sisal,” said Chikukwa in an interview with Newzimbabwe.com.
Under the programme, German designer Herkner also corroborated with Binga Craft Centre in combining the weavers’ knowledge and tradition in basket making with his own language by adding new design elements.
These included coloured plastic fibres from rice bags added to the baskets to enhance their appeal. 
Chikukwa said Herkner also worked with a local potter to produce a collection of original bowls using two techniques that are an integral part of Tonga craft culture.
The new products will be exhibited at the Fair.Advertisement