This basket pattern symbolizes welcome customs which are hugely important in East African culture.
In Rwanda and Uganda, people meeting for the first time shake right hands and place their left hand under the opposing right forearm to show respect. Some people even kiss the air next to each cheek while shaking hands.
Rwandans and Ugandans value hospitality and graciousness, as evident in their social customs. All guests are offered some token of “karibu” such as a soda, piece of fruit or vegetable to communicate the guests are “welcomed here”.
This basket pattern is a classic and traditional pattern in Rwanda; and a wonderful addition to any home, kindly welcoming all who visit.