The baskets are made by hand, with a variety of techniques for high-level designs. The baskets are handcrafted from palm leaves. In Ethiopia, they made the baskets from a local tree.
In the Ethiopian culture, the basket served two needs: the first, as a tool for collecting and preserving seeds and food. The second, a status symbol that represented the wealth of the family, the more baskets you have, attested to your social status.