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Two baskets tied together. Each basket is woven tightly from medium size strips of brown bark. There is a lip at the opening of both and the baskets are tied together with a piece of the weaving that has been pulled loose from the weave itself. The two pieces of bark are then tied into a simple knot.

History Of Use

These oil baskets or teli topa are used for crushing oil seeds.

Specific Techniques

This is another sisal product made by the Man(g)kuria. As opposed to their twisted sisal ropes, the bark of the sisal tree is stripped and then pounded so it becomes soft almost like a tapa cloth. These pounded strips are then woven into this small sturdy baskets. Making bark cloth is an ancient technique in the jungle regions of India.


These Man(g)kuria oil basket or teli topa are made for selling at local weekly markets. For their own use, Man(g)kuria make bigger baskets of this type with lids woven in the same style.

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