By Hilary Rudnick

These Sisal baskets from Swaziland are all the rage worldwide

On MonkeyApple Art’s excursions around Africa in early 2017, we came across these handmade all natural sisal baskets and it was love at first sight. Growing up in Zimbabwe, baskets have formed an integral part of our functional and decorative environment but these baskets were something new and special! They were so perfectly woven, so finely designed with such rich colours we just had to have them!!!!!!

Baskets-Mother of Pearl range

 Remarkable women

More than anything, we seek to support women in poor communities so we were delighted to learn that in 1985 Sheila Freemantle started Tintsaba, in Swaziland, as an income generating initiative for the local women of the region. From its humble beginnings with just 12 women weaving a small range of sisal products, Tintsaba now supports an estimated 1000 women all over Swaziland and has to has 20 internationally recognized Master Weavers.

For over 30 years, Tintsaba has been creating beautiful handmade products using Sisal, a succulent agave bush with large fleshy leaves that grows in Swaziland as a weed. Every step of the production is executed by hand using a fine coiling technique, with no chemicals. Inspired by nature in Swaziland, Tintsaba Sisal baskets are more than a designer item


Summer Love Basket Range
Handwoven Summer Love Basket Range

The timeless aesthetics of Africa

Culture and tradition are woven into their unique design reflecting the timeless aesthetics of Africa. “All baskets are graded according to the level of mastery achieved by the weaver, one 9-inch diameter basket taking about 50 hours to weave in a meticulous and time-intensive process.”

We stock Tintsaba baskets on our site and will be showcasing a range at RHS Chatsworth, Hampton Court and Tatton Park garden shows this summer.

Shop our favourites

Dancer -Red stripes

Size: 6cm(l) x 14.5cm(h) x 4cm(w)

Couple on a Couch

Size: 9cm(l) x 9cm(h) x 5cm(w)

In the Rain

Size: 40cm(l) x 50cm(h) x 4.5cm(w)

Red Rachel

Size: 25cm(l) x 19cm(h) x 6cm(w)

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Women Fetching Water After a Storm

Size: 63.5cm(l) x 89cm(h) x 3.5cm(w)

XL Cactus in a bright Pot

Size: 34.5cm(h) x 10cm(w)

Small Flowering Cactus

Size: 10cm(h) x 5cm(w)

Giant Cactus Ball

Size: 29cm(h) x 22cm(w)