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Aesha NDao

Basket Maker, Louisville


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We often look at a basket in developed countries like the United States and only see utility. These baskets, handcrafted in Africa, are seen as equal parts utility and craftsmanship. The fingers of weavers move nimbly across strands of sweetgrass and banana leaves, threading together durable walls and graceful designs in every basket. The women who weave these baskets are the epitome of grace and diligence for such basket weaving is a beloved artisanal tradition.

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