Agaseke Crafts

Agaseke crafts are produced by IBANGA Cooperative Union, a women cooperative organization based in Kigali City, Rwanda. Rwanda has a long history and culture of making beautiful handcraft items. Customarily woven by women, the Agaseke is known for its impressive quality and associated cultural traditions. Agaseke basket is a decorating gift item that families in Rwanda give to their daughters during marriage ceremonies. A precious feminine gift has connotations of beauty and love. It takes several days for women weavers to make each basket and the process is often meticulous and requires invariable attention to detail. In Rwanda, the Agaseke basket is also used to symbolize peace and unity. In addition to the Agaseke basket, there are other craft items for decoration and fashion that are exported to Europe, America, Asia and other African countries.