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Nzuri Basket - Original

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With their intricate traditional design, this handwoven basket is both remarkably durable and stylish. The mix of materials, graphic pattern, and stark palette add a stunning statement to any room. 

The “wishing basket” lid, of native Ugandan style, makes it a versatile storage space. Leave off the lid for a unique planter or umbrella holder in your entryway; or close it up to stow away an assortment of items.

Handwoven by a cooperative of twenty women, tucked away in the Rwenzori Mountains, each basket takes weeks to complete. Made exclusively in a fair trade environment.

  • 11"W x 22"H (14"H without lid)
    Since each basket is handwoven, please expect some slight variation in size.

  • Handwoven palm and banana leaves

  • Natural with hand-dyed black accents

  • Uganda

Weavers of the Rwenzori Mountains

"We have a deep appreciation for nature and all that it brings."
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00° 42' 27"N
30° 14' 56"E

Made with higher standards. We preserve artisan craft by paying wages that average 2x the fair trade requirement.

Our baskets are sturdy, strong, and flexible, made to withstand constant use. If properly cared for, your basket will live a long life.

Dust your woven basket on a regular basis, wiping with a damp cloth if necessary. No other cleaning should be necessary.

Changes in temperature and humidity may cause your basket to expand and contract, which may make securing the lid difficult at times. Be patient and wait for the weather to change or remove from areas with high humidity (like bathrooms).

  • Orders headed to any destination within the continental United States ship for free – wahoo!

  • It’s easy (and free). You can return any new, undamaged items within 30 days of delivery.

To view our full shipping & returns policy, click here

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Sun K.
United States United States
Beautiful, but not quite right in size

This is a beautifully made basket. Durable and substantial in weight. Definitely a statement piece. Unfortunately I didn’t end up keeping it because of the size. Not big enough for storing toys in my living space or even a throw with an extra pillow. The size is an in-between size that doesn’t leave a lot of options for practical use. Decoratively, it’s beautiful, but not much in functionality for my intended use.

Lindsey R.
United States United States
Lovely basket

Such a lovely woven basket. This looks great in the corner of my L-shaped hallway.

Loved it but it's moldy now

I've had this nzuri basket for almost 2 years now. I originally bought it to use as a laundry bin because I loved the idea of being able to close it and not see the clothes, however it's much too small for that. Instead, I was using it to store an extra blanket next to our couch. I loved this basket and got so many compliments on it. But then we stopped using the basket (we were just folding up the blanket on the arm of the couch) and within 2 months of no use, it grew mold all over it. I have lots of natural woven things around the house and this is the first one I've seen grow mold. The top seems fine still, so now I'm going to use that as wall decor, but still sad to have to throw away this basket.

The Citizenry

Hi Savannah, Thanks so much for reaching out to share your feedback about the Nzuri Basket. This beauty is handcrafted in Uganda from natural materials, and shouldn't mold unless exposed to very high levels of moisture. We want to be sure you're satisfied with your purchase, so please send us a note at and we'll get this taken care of! Best, - The Citizenry Team

United States
Lovely basket!

Well made and perfect for storing my toddlers toys out of sight in the living room. Highly recommend!

Kelley C.
United States
Beautiful Basket

This basket is very beautifully woven and the lid fits very securely on it. I only wish it was slightly bigger.