Makenge

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Hand-woven from the roots of the African makenge bush, each of these baskets is one-of-a-kind and reflects the heritage of the artisan who creates it. Sizes, shapes and patterns may vary.

  • makenge root

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Learn about the artisans:  the craftswomen of Toka in Zambia

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Makenge

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African Makenge Extra Large Old Renewal Basket
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (6)
  • Good price / value (4)
  • Great design (4)
  • Quality construction (4)
  • Color (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accent (6)
    • Decoration (6)
    • Gift (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Eclectic (5), Modern/contemporary (4), Mid-century modern (3)

    Reviewed by 7 customers

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    lovely unique basket

    By impulse buyer

    from Charlottesville, VA

    Style Eclectic

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Color
    • Great design
    • Quality construction
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accent
      • Decoration

      Customer comments about African Makenge Extra Large Old Renewal Basket:

      I noticed this beautifully crafted item while playing hooky from a professional meeting in Chicago. I knew it would look wonderful in my family room, which is decorated in neutral colors and has other artisanal pieces on display. The evening after I bought it, I realized I couldn't fit it into my suitcase, nor would it fit underneath the airplane seat. A saleswoman at the store was very helpful in arranging to ship it to my home.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Customer service was outstanding. The original salesperson showed me a lot of baskets. When I came back the next day a different salesperson arranged to ship the basket at no charge--in fact, I got a small refund since I did not need to pay Illnois sales tax. The basket arrived several days later.

      • I live in a:
      • House
      • This product is used in my:
      • Living room/family room/great room

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      1.0

      Absolutely hate this basket

      By Basket Collector

      from New York

      Style Classic/traditional, Eclectic, Mid-century modern, Modern/contemporary

      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Color
      • Quality construction

      Cons

      • Awful Design
      • Nothing Like The Photo

      Best Uses

        Customer comments about African Makenge Extra Large Old Renewal Basket:

        Although this basket is well made and the background weave is beautiful in color and execution, the surface design is hideous. It looks like fat white worms have been pinned down randomly all across the foundation. Unfortunately, the sample photo R&B provided for this item is wildly different from the item I actually received. Very disappointed in my first R&B experience. (I have a wonderful basket collection and would never have considered this one if I'd seen an honest representation.)

        • I live in a:
        • Apartment/condo
        • This product is used in my:
        • Living room/family room/great room

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        5.0

        Love supporting world artisans

        By African Basket

        from Portland, Oregon

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accent
          • Decoration
          • Display photography/art
          • Gift

          Customer comments about African Makenge Extra Large Old Renewal Basket:

          Display item. Each is unique.

          Service and delivery comments:

          I have a basket of my own and live in Portland, Or. The store where I bought mine in went out of business, but I remembered that Room and Board had them in their store when visited Denver. I contacted the store and the sales clerk was kind enough to send me pictures of various baskets at various prices. Valued her opinion and she arranged prompt delivery as a gift to sister in Iowa.

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          • House
          • This product is used in my:
          • Living room/family room/great room

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          5.0

          Provides the finishing touch

          By Fancy Dancer

          from Chicago suburb

          Style Eclectic, Modern/contemporary

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great design
          • Quality construction
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accent
            • Decoration

            Customer comments about African Makenge Extra Large Old Renewal Basket:

            Baskets provide the finishing touch to make my guest bedroom look like it was designed in a thoughtful way

            • I live in a:
            • House
            • This product is used in my:
            • Guest bedroom

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            5.0

            Beautiful!

            By Minimalist

            from Minneapolis, MN

            Style Mid-century modern, Minimalist, Modern/contemporary

            Pros

            • Affordable
            • Color
            • Great design
            • Quality construction
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accent
              • Decoration

              Customer comments about African Makenge Extra Large Old Renewal Basket:

              These are absolutely gorgeous--and well made!

              • I live in a:
              • House
              • This product is used in my:
              • Living room/family room/great room

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              love it. have given it as wedding gifts

              By eclective primitive

              from Aspen,Colorado

              Style Eclectic

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              Pros

              • Affordable
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accent
                • Decoration
                • Gift

                Customer comments about African Makenge Large New Winnowing Basket:

                it is beautiful and it helps empower the women in the African villages

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Statement piece above the fireplace

                By Lover of Great Design

                from Minneapolis, MN

                Style Eclectic, Mid-century modern, Modern/contemporary

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great design
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accent
                  • Decoration
                  • Gift

                  Customer comments about African Makenge Large New Winnowing Basket:

                  My husband Mark and I love the African Makenge baskets clustered above the family room fireplace in our new home. Their story makes for a great conversation piece when friends come over.

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                  • African Makenge Extra Large Grandmother Old Winnowing Basket

                    Q:

                    Hello,
                    Why is the grandmother basket significantly more than the wedding basket? The listed dimension is smaller and the weaving doesn't appear more intricate.
                    Asked on 11/23/2013 by laura

                    1 answer

                    • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                      A:

                      The rarity and older age of the Makenge African Grandmother Winnowing Baskets in comparison to the Renewal Baskets account for the difference in price.

                      Answered on 11/25/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                  • African Makenge Extra Large Old Renewal Basket

                    Q:

                    What is the depth of the Old Renewal Basket?
                    Asked on 11/21/2013 by Global Gal from CT

                    1 answer

                    • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                      A:

                      Since these are hand made and no two are alike, there isn’t a standard depth, although the range is generally between 2.5” – 3.75”.

                      Answered on 11/21/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                  • African Makenge Extra Large Old Renewal Basket

                    Q:

                    Hi,

                    How are these hung on the wall?
                    Asked on 5/28/2013 by Barbie

                    1 answer

                    • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                      A:

                      These are truly baskets so they do not have hanging mounts on the underside but they make amazing wall art. Because the baskets are woven, we are able to work a nail through the weaving and nail directly into the wall or a small picture hanger could be used.

                      Answered on 5/29/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
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