The Toledo District baskets are so unique, be it made from jipijappa, tie-tie or heineken! These trees grow in abundance in our forests; processing them is quite a task! I find many of these local baskets irresistible, I have a growing collection of baskets.
Traditional people made baskets for household use, recreational activity or to make a statement. The trying economic times have fast turned basket making into an income generating activity.
Baskets Galore – Jipi-jappa Basket Competition was created to showcase these wonderful baskets and their creative makers. This event encourages people to create new designs and styles; with an emphasis on making them useful. It rewards and highlights the best baskets and their producers.
Artisans are assisted in marketing their baskets. Money made from the sale of the baskets helps to feed, clothe and educate the children of the Toledo District. Many hours are invested in the making of one basket. Basket making is done in the odd hours of a full day of work by the housewife.
This month will see the launching of our national sale of baskets. Our organization’s building people movement and socio-economic outreach, are serving the poor by collecting the top 30 baskets and selling them in Belize City.
We invite all to come to our Jipi-jappa Basket Sale and to buy at least one of these wonderfully unique baskets. You will be helping to lift women out of poverty, one basket at a time.