Beaded Peace Basket
After the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, the traditional “agaseke” basket of Rwanda took on a new and powerful meaning. Women came together to embrace reconciliation and hope through activities like weaving. Today, these "peace baskets" represent the generosity, compassion, and forgiveness that helped Rwanda rise towards a bright future.
Behind the Design: Our hand-beaded products are crafted with delicate detail by our artisan partners in Rwanda who stitch glass and locally-sourced beads onto handwoven vases, baskets, and bucket bags using a needle and thread. Historically Rwandan Kings wore beaded crowns as symbols of their wealth and prosperity. Now a tradition in villages across Rwanda, the beading process can span more than a month of incredibly precise and patient handwork. Small batch production means no two pieces are exactly the same.