Dip – Dyed Baskets


This is a collaboration between Kingston University and Lupane Women’s Center, a basket making enterprise in Zimbabwe. The aim was to research the craft skills to explore opportunities for sustainable product development and diversification.

The project introduces dip-dying as a new part of the making process. This reduces the time of the existing dying technique, and the maker’s incredible skills can be concentrated on the weaving. It also celebrates the women’s creativity while the baskets can still be unified as a range.

The objectivity was to increase the identity and visibility of contemporary African baskets and to distinguish each basket as a product of Lupane Women’s Center.