Photoshoot featuring basket maker Ange Muhorakeye

Meet Ange —

Ange has memories from a very early age of sitting near her (grandmother), with a circle of women and as a form of play, began modeling the women weaving baskets.

Born in a refugee camp in Burundi and later moving back to her family’s country of origin, Rwanda she continued to learn the art of basket weaving from both her nyogokuru (grandmother) and mama (mother).

Five years ago, Ange made the decision to leave Rwanda and move to the United States. At the airport in Rwanda, Ange’s mother passed to her a package of grasses with a needle and thread, and sent her off with the parting words of “Do not forget our culture.”

When Ange first arrived in the United States and was waiting to get documented so that she could work, she unpacked the grasses and began weaving baskets…. mostly out of boredom. Ange always thought of the baskets rather commonplace, nothing special… something the women of a village did. The baskets had an everyday usefulness.

The first baskets Ange wove in the U.S., she gifted to new friends or used to decorate her new home. Soon people asked her to make baskets for them and then others suggested that she should sell her baskets. Prior to COVID, Ange and another friend attended a few craft fairs where her baskets were well received.

It wasn’t until Ange saw the baskets through the eyes of her new friends and acquaintances in the U.S., that her own view of the baskets changed. She began to appreciate them more and see the beauty in the woven patterns and baskets… Continue reading Ange’s story at agaseke.org/about

Instagram: @raw_agaseke
Email: muhorakeyege@gmail.com

Learn more at: https://agaseke.org

Content Creator: Michael D. Wilson
Driven almost entirely by curiosity Michael D Wilson wants nothing more than to connect with people and show what it is that makes them unique individuals. Michael is passionate about photography and is forever in search of people that are equally as passionate about their lives and work. He always says “The best part about photography is an excuse to meet new people and learn something from them.” After a half-decade of assisting photographer, Martin Schoeller, Michael and his partner settled in Maine. Maine and New England provide endless opportunities for interesting and inspiring assignments as well as potential personal projects.

2024 Funders:

The 2024 Maine Craft Content Project is generously funded by the Maine Arts Commission & many individual donors. With this funding the Maine Crafts Association provided five Maine craft artists with new online content to support their practices, tell their stories and grow their businesses.

The Maine Crafts Association is a 501(c)(3) which builds upon Maine’s rich craft traditions by nurturing a vibrant, supportive, inclusive craft community with educational programs and resources.

Our ability to accomplish our mission and help artists thrive is reliant on individual contributions.