Batonga Bafing Dish
Country : Zimbabwe
Material: palm leaf
Measurements: 65cm diameter
They owe their name to the Batonga of Zimbabwe, who in the 1960s were displaced to the Binga district. The Batonga Decorative Plate is a masterpiece of African craftsmanship, meticulously handcrafted by talented artisans from the Batonga tribe in Africa. This impressive decorative plate combines the rich cultural tradition and artistic heritage of the region with a contemporary twist.
These plates are ideal for decorating your paed or using them as containers.
Various types of wild leaves, vines, and palm leaves dyed with tree bark are harvested for its preparation. The larger sized dishes are still used by the Batonga for their original purpose of separating grain.
To weave a Binga plate, it starts with a characteristic square base divided into four parts, then continues with a simple weave, finally finished off with a spiral fiber edge with a distinctive design.
It takes about three days to weave a 40 cm plate.
*All products are made by hand so there may be some variation in shape and size.