Basima was born in 1971, Harrania village. Her father was a farmer.
She attended the local primary school till the age of 16. When she was 10, Basima came to the centre after school and during summer holidays to play and weave with other young children whom later were to form the second generation weavers with Suzanne Wissa wassef.
Basima’s strong passion for weaving permits the discovery of the endless capabilities of the weaving technique. Her subject matter varies from depicting village stories and farmer’s activates in the fields, to market places, the sea and garden landscapes with their detailed flowers and cactus. Her tapestries have been part of the centre’s collection since the mid 80’s and exhibited in several international exhibitions.
In the summer of 2015, the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art bought one of her tapestries, "Ibis in the Reeds". The tapestry sold within one week at their gift shop.
Basima is marred with 3 children; her eldest is 23 years old.
"Ramses Wissa Wassef Tapestries ", Nature in Art Trust, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester, UK, 2009 "Ramses Wissa Wassef Tapestries ", The Coningsby Gallery, London, UK, 2012 "Ramses Wissa Wassef Tapestries", Nature in Art Trust, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester, UK, 2014 "Ramses Wissa Wassef Tapestries", The Coningsby Gallery, London, UK, 2014 "Garden Tapestries," San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, California, USA, 2017
Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Acquired in 2008 Nature in Art Trust, Gloucestershire, UK. Acquired in 2008.
Stores and Galleries
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum Store, New York, NY, USA 2015-16
"Ibis in the Reeds" sold at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2015.