Woven Bariku Bowl

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Artisans in Rwanda weave this graphic black and tan bowl using dyed natural sisal fibers wrapped around a core of forest grasses. The design radiates from the center as weavers carefully wrap sisal around and around. Each woven bowl has a loop on the back for hanging and comes with a tag telling the story of the people who made it.

Museum Story

The National Museum of African Art began as a private educational institution in 1964 to promote cross-cultural understanding in the social sciences and arts. Founded by Warren M. Robbins, it was known as the Museum of African Art and located on Capitol Hill in a townhouse that had been the home of Frederick Douglass, the African American abolitionist and statesman. In 1979 the museum became part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge.


  • Sisal fibers, dried grass
  • 7"dia. x 2"H
  • Wipe with a dry cloth to clean
  • Handcrafted in Rwanda