Basketry

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.