Throughout the villages of Uganda, basketry is a ubiquitous craft. The variations on style and skill level vary from person to person and group to group. Two of the most predominant types of baskets are Kiganda and Nubian.
Kiganda baskets are created from a combination of several natural fibers; raffia, banana leaf, and/or enjulu. The term kiganda refers to anything relating to the Buganda people, the largest group in Uganda. These fibers are prepared, dyed, and then coiled into various basket forms.
Nubian baskets are created from an elephant grass core and dis wrapper. The term Nubian refers to a specific group of people from northern Africa. Bright colors and intricate patterning distinguish these baskets from their counterparts.
Nubian Basketry (3)Mama Banura and her family are skilled artisans who create innovative designs and vibrant patterning in each style of basket.
Kiganda Basketry (4)Each image is taken from a different artisan. Designs vary as much as skill, yet as a whole, these baskets are an integral part of the material culture. Pictured is Nakanwagi Mary coiling a plain raffia basket.