In 2012 Ane Lyngsgaard and Eva Seidenfaden from Bakstes4life will start up a new project in Northern Province in Zambia. Together with Josephine Makondo from Luwaka Enterprises they have initiated a new weaving project funded by The Lumwana Mining Industry.

Lumwana Mining Industry has a policy of supporting local craftspeople and thus create jobs and turnover for local women and craftspeople in the area.

Vores samarbejdspartner i Zambia Josephine Makondo

The objective is to:

Introduce new techniques and functions using local materials developing a new line of contemporary design.
Leverage the skills known to the individual basket makers. Discuss, experiment and practise in new ways thus creating a line of fine art basketry based on traditional techniques.

Pass on our knowledge in a way that the students can pass their knowledge on to other basket makers and thereby expand the capacity and opportunities for many more jobs.

The above-mentioned project is the pilot project this year. Hopefully we can continue and in the future involve more weavers and teachers from Baskts4life and other international capacities. The goal is to create a turnover and greater respect round the outstanding basketry from Southern Africa.