Handwoven Agaseke baskets are an old tradition from the Rwandan culture. Women have been known to have woven these baskets since ancient times. These baskets were used as grain storage, gifts during family celebrations, and to carry secrets by women.
Gahaya Links was founded by two sisters, Joy Ndunguste and Janet Nkubana, 10 years after the infamous genocide of 1994. From a modest beginning of about 20 women, today the company works with 4000 women weavers who are part of 52 saving cooperatives weaving Agaseke baskets.
The objectives of Gahaya Link as a women’s organization are to create economic opportunities for the people of Rwanda, socio-economic empowerment for the women in the community and inculcate a feeling of unity and oneness amongst the members of the company.
Gahaya Links was incorporated as the first handicraft export company in Rwanda and has partnered with large and small retailers across the United States. These unique hand woven baskets are a signature product exported by Gahaya Links to different parts of the world. The company has won many awards and acclaims for its phenomenal work with the poor and marginalized women from Rwanda.
This beautiful holiday card with nesting doves is cut out of dried banana leaves. Express your sentiments with this handmade card and choose a unique and eco-friendly way to share your message of love and peace with close family and friends this festive season.
These handcrafted, eco-friendly holiday cards are created by women artisans in Rwanda. Having started with a modest group of 20 women in 1994, today Gahaya Links works towards the social and economic empowerment of more than 4,000 artisans from the region.
Artworks made from dried banana leaves are an age old craft practiced in many African countries. Banana trees are abundant in the region and thus make the raw material for the artwork easily available.
The banana leaf artwork is made with very fine slices of the various layers of the banana leaves, which are interlaced, assembled and pasted together. These fine slices of the banana leaf are pasted with ubugali, homemade glue obtained from the roots of the cassava plant.
The banana leaves have a natural pigmentation and can vary from leaf to leaf, this helps create a monochromatic color contrast in the artwork. Sometimes the leaves are also dyed to create a more dramatic effect. Banana leaf artwork requires high skill and patience and is a very time consuming craft practiced by the artisans