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 e-Swatini (formerly Swaziland), creating exquisite hand woven baskets of natural sustainable sisal, while helping rural women achieve personal and financial independence.

The sisal used to create the baskets is a non native plant to e-Swatini.  It is harvested utilizing methods that create minimal environmental impact and processed with non-hazardous dyes. The water used to dye the fabrics is recycled and the wood used to provide the fuel for the process is an alien invasive species. 

Tintsaba employs a traditional weaving technique called coiled weave; it is a highly intricate and time consuming process, and a 31cm Gallery Grade basket could take upwards of 50 or more hours to produce.  

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. Only the most talented and highly skilled weavers can achieve Master Weaver Status.  Throughout the years, Tintsaba has seen 20 crafters achieve the status of Master Weaver.

Each basket comes with a tag indicating the name of the artisan who created it, and a sisal loop is added so the baskets can easily displayed on the wall.

The neutral Mother of Pearl Collection is a combination of the following colours:  Cream, Ginger, Sandy, Black

The multi tone baskets work well on their own, but are stunning when grouped with other baskets from the same colour range.


  • Multi Tone baskets fall into the following categories

    • Craft Grade:

      • 16cm: Two or more colours with slight weaving imperfections or design flaws

      • 22cm: Two or more colours with slight weaving imperfections or design flaws
    • Gallery Grade:
      • 31cm: Two or more colours. Technically perfect. High design standard
  • Sizes:

    • Small:  16cm diameter x 5cm high

    • Medium: 22cm diameter x 8cm high

    • Large:  31 cm diameter x 10cm high

  • As each basket is entirely handmade by one artisan, slight variations in style are to be expected, as each artisan puts their individual vision into each piece.  Each piece will reflect the design, but will differ in how it is applied.