Beautiful Ethiopian Mesobs

traditional ethiopian baskets

The internet is an amazing place to explore.  In an instant you can learn about a handicraft or work of art from a place halfway across the world.  That’s what I love about it.  The other day, while perusing the web I came across an image of a traditional Ethiopian basket, or mesob.  The colors left me awe-struck, and I immediately wanted to learn more.

traditional ethiopian basket

These colorful woven baskets are actually tables.  Traditional Ethiopian meals are eaten on the mesob.  The top of the mesob is lifted off and a platter is placed in the center of the basket table.  I have been to an Ethiopian restaurant before, but never had this experience.  I have to look for a place here in the states that serves the meal over these amazing baskets.

traditional ethiopian basket

You can find some beautiful images of mesobs on the web.  I am still looking for a place that sells these gorgeous baskets.  I would love to have one in my home.

traditional ethiopian baskets

If you come across a website, or know of anyone who imports them, please let me know.  For now, let’s all just enjoy how beautiful these handcrafted pieces are.

{Images via Addis Abeba, Pinterest, Happy Richters, Far Horizons}

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