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Beautiful Baskets: V&A exhibition celebrates African craft wonders

An exhibition featuring more than 300 woven objects opened this week at the V&A Waterfront, celebrating Africa’s diverse basket-weaving traditions

28 November 2021 - 00:00 By Tracy Lynn Chemaly

In northern Niger, Tuareg weavers indicate the time spent making their baskets by weaving a small bit of indigo thread at the point where they stop weaving each day. These markers tell the human tale of how each day’s work is carried out at a different pace, with family responsibilities or traditional obligations sometimes taking priority in these rural communities. The exact hours dedicated to the Points du Jour (markers of the day) baskets may be unknown, but the succession of many days spent weaving is vividly documented...

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