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Swaziland, Southern Africa

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Lutindzi BasketHigh up in the mountains of Swaziland, hundreds of women support themselves by weaving these baskets and other items from Lutindzi grass. The weaving techniques are passed on from mother to daughter, preserving cultural integrity.

Income generated from weaving is a tremendous help to rural women in a country where 70% of the population lives on about one dollar a day. Extra income helps put food on the plates of the families and also allows children to attend school.

Swazi Lutindzi Weaver




About Lutindzi Grass

The colors of Africa come alive in these grass baskets handwoven in Swaziland. Lutindzi grass is a sedge and grows in tufts in the cracks of rocks. Each blade grows in a sheath and pulls out easily when harvested so it does not damage the roots of the grass - which quickly regenerates and sends out more shoots. This strong grass has been used in Swaziland for hundreds of years to make ropes for tying down roofing thatch.

About Swaziland

Swaziland is a beautiful mountainous country. It is landlocked and is one of the smallest countries in Africa. As you drive around Swaziland, your journey is often slowed on highways and byways alike by the abundance of roaming cattle.

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This proud nation is the last absolute monarchy in Africa. When we think of kings, we usually also think of knights and castles, but amazingly those powers wielded by kings of old are still maintained somewhat anachronistically by King Mswati of Swaziland.

 

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