This basket is a good example of an imaginative recycling of
objects that would otherwise be thrown away. The basket is made of
used bottle tops from beer and soft drink bottles, wired together
to make a sturdy structure. This basket was made near Harare,
Zimbabwe by a man named Aaron Maledadi. Mr Maledadi made 400 of
these baskets but sadly died in 2002. His brother has now taken
over from him.
Some of the bottle tops give a date of 1999, showing when this
particular basket was made. However, this is not a new craft.
People in Zimbabwe remember that such items were made back in the
1960s when they may have had a local use. A basket that was found
in a fishing village in east Zimbabwe might well have been used to
fish with. It has been only recently that these baskets have been
made for commercial purposes and exported, in small numbers, to
The basket is 21 cm deep, 11 cm wide and 29 cm long. It is made of
red, silver and green tops and has a handle made from plaited