Kikapu Means Basket in Swahili
Baskets, for many cultures, are the precious containers used to carry their life from food to family treasures. In the Swazi culture, the baskets continue to play an important role even today. The baskets are traditionally woven by women, and the sacred technique is passed down, from mother to daughter.
Tintsaba was founded by a wonderful woman, Sheila Freemantle in 1985, her focus was on how she could help the women of rural Swaziland take charge of their lives and become independent. Starting with only 12 local women, Sheila’s guidance, dedication and innovative approach brought Tintsaba to what it is today. These qualities ushered Tintsaba in to become renown for refined, high quality sisal basketry weaving, and has been recognized as an industry leader and awarded repeatedly over the years.
Since inception Tintsaba has endeavored to create a workplace that helps women grow and develop themselves. Through various courses and workshops ranging in a variety of subjects such as leadership, skill-set development, training, environmental awareness and women’s health. Over 1000 rural Swazi women were trained in 30 years. What an incredible accomplishment!
Unfortunately, the founder Sheila Freemantle, passed away in 2012. But together and with the dedication of her husband, Richard, the Tintsaba team is able to continue in her memory. They strive to uphold the ideals that Sheila built Tintsaba around; excellence, team work, commitment to the earth and the holistic well-being of their team.
We are so proud to have the Tintsaba baskets as part of the initial Wild Rabbit House Collection!