The People In the South of Zambia, there are hundreds of traditional village weavers that make a variety of natural fiber baskets. The weavers are all subsistence farmers. They work in their fields during the cool mornings and weave baskets in the afternoon and evenings to escape the heat.
A variety of baskets styles are created in different areas of Southern Zambia. These baskets are rustically woven and rooted in Tonga culture. All baskets are coloured with natural vegetable dyes, or use no dyes at all, relying instead on natural contrasts in the weaving materials. Each type of basket is named according to the area from which it originates. Striking patterns are unique to each style of basket.