Basket Weaving with Donatha
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$25 per person

Activity

Duration: 3 hours
Group Size: 1 - 3 people
Difficulty: Difficult
Start Time: 9am
Weekly: Mon - Fri
Seasons: Jan - Dec

Donatha

English Level: Medium
Languages: Kinyarwanda

Availability

What's provided

The host will provide all basic materials to weave. Including grass, sisal fiber, needles, scissors, workspace, and training. You get to take home the design you produce. 

What you should bring

Water, snack, good walking shoes, rain jacket and / or umbrella, and a small backpack or bag to carry home what you make. 

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Basket Weaving with Donatha

  1. Rwanda
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  3. Western Province
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  5. Muramba

Come spend a morning with Donatha learning how to make traditional Rwandan baskets. The activity will be held at Donatha's home. She will meet you in Muramba and hike you down the hill. If you come in the A.M., she will cook you lunch and you can work into the afternoon. You'll make designs from sweetgrass and sisal. She'll show you various designs and you can pick out something to produce based on your skills or previous experience. 

"I learned to weave from my mother and I’m teaching my daughter."
- Donatha

About Donatha

Born in a neighboring community, Donatha moved to Hindero (village on the outskirts of Muramba) after getting married. She and her husband have been married for 20 years and have eight kids. She is highly motivated and very proud of her craft. She is excited to have visitors and says that it is an honor that someone would come from so far away to learn about Rwanda, and spend time with her and her family.

Work Experience

Donatha learned to weave baskets from her mother, and is teaching her daughter. She is actively involved with a local basket making association near Muramba with about 80 members. Association members have different responsibilities and unique skills. Some make baskets out of sweetgrass and some use sisal, an agave plant that produces stiff fibers perfect for baskets. Basket making has been a part of Rwandan culture for centuries and requires very detailed workmanship.

According to Donatha, women in Rwanda have many problems. Basket weaving is a way for me to be productive and to contribute to the development of my family in a meaningful way. It is part of our culture too. I learned to weave from my mother and I'm teaching it to my daughter who is in school and uses earning from the sale of baskets to help cover her own school fees.

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