Tintsaba is recognized worldwide for their refined high quality sisal basketry. Since its inception in 1985, they have trained and worked with upwards of 1000 women in rural eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), creating exquisite baskets while helping rural women achieve personal and financial independence.
The baskets are subjected to a grading system. New crafters would begin with smaller market grade baskets, and as their skills and techniques improve, work their way up to product gallery grade baskets, or if they are highly skilled, achieve Master Weaver Status. Throughout the years, Tintsaba has had 20 crafters achieve the status of Master Weaver.
Market Grade: 16cm: Single colour with slight weaving imperfections
Craft Grade: 16cm: Two or more colours with slight weaving imperfections or design flaws
22cm: Two or more colours with very slight weaving imperfects or design flaws
31cm: Single colour with very slight weaving imperfections
Gallery Grade: 31cm: Two or more colours. Technically perfect-high design standard
Master Weaver: 31cm: Selected as one of the best baskets of the year. Technically perfect and flawless design. Each basket is numbered and certified.
Baskets can be found in single colours, 2-tone or a range of carefully chosen colour ways: Mother of Pearl, Jungle, Galaxy, Blossom, Summer Love & Earth