Language: Shona from Zimbabwe
Pronounced: "Ee-m-bʌ "
Two beautiful meanings
1st Meaning: To Sing
2nd Meaning: A dwelling/home
Ee-m-bʌ 's aim is found in our name meaning
We want the pieces you obtain from us for your home to have you singing with joy.
Ee-m-bʌ brings talented artisans together and promotes their sustainable products to ensure handmade/hand woven homeware continues to thrive in our contemporary world.
Our products with alluring colors, patterns, threads and traditional symbols are truly breathtaking, but to us, what’s even more special are the talented people who create these pieces
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A modern store with a Purpose
Strengthening Links Through Community
Keeping Cultural Traditions Alive
Thrive not Survive
Some of Our Fairtrade Suppliers
Bolga baskets are hardy, beautiful and distinctive. The weaving of Bolga baskets in Ghana has been a traditional skill for many generations, and is often a communal process. The Bolga baskets sold by us are fair trade and a reliable source of income for weavers and their families. Baskets are woven from veta vera, or elephant grass. Stalks of elephant grass are split, and twisted before the weaving process even begins. The grass is then often hand-dyed to create vibrant colors and intricate patterns
Ghana Bolga Basket Weavers
Among the Wolof, basket weaving is specifically a women’s craft, with girls learning from a young age. The coil style of basket weaving has been practiced in Senegal for generations. Traditionally, Wolof women created baskets by binding njodax, a thick local grass, with long strips of reed (which were very hard on the hands of the weavers). However, using plastic strips, conditions for the weavers improved whilst luckily for us baskets are also made vibrant in colour.