Handwoven Teardrop African Market Basket - Assorted Natural
Market baskets are used traditionally in West Africa to carry produce to and from markets or farms.
*Woven in an assortment of colors and patterns, all decided by the artisans who weave them. Every basket is one-of-a-kind, woven with a deep cultural and spiritual meaning, for a beautiful surprise! Please note that you will be receiving one basket out of an assorted colorful collection. Colors and fabric designs are subject to change.
Measurements: 15” x 14” x 9" - size varies
Care Instructions: To reshape your basket, dunk liberally into water, mold and re-shape to your liking, and air dry thoroughly. Avoid direct light for best color retention.
Materials: Vetiver grass, *product contains upcycled leather materials
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Artisan Organization: TradeAID International
Country: Bolgatanga, Ghana
Straw basket weaving is a common trade in northern Ghana, especially in the Upper East Region, where mostly women execute this incredible craft. The Handwoven African Market Baskets utilize a very intricate process –– it can take up to seven days to complete one basket!
Akugre Alebipoorum is one of TradeAID’s weavers. She is in her late sixties and lives in Sumbrungu, a suburb of Bolgatanga. Akugre has been weaving baskets for 20 years to earn enough income to care for herself and her family. Thanks to TradeAID’s weaving center, she and her fellow weavers can now sit and do their weaving comfortably. And with the introduction of fair trade payments, she is able to save enough money in the rural bank so she can pay her children’s school fees, unlike how she was previously living, from hand to month.
Basket weaving with TradeAID has changed Akugre’s life and the lives of many other women in her community. And working with Globeln, which provides a steady stream of orders, enables her to continue to provide food for her children and meet all of her other needs.
Akugre loved seeing her photo (with the basket she made!) so much that she asked our photographer if she could have a copy for herself, which he happily supplied.
Bigger than we thought!
My daughter loves her basket. This was her birthday present this year!
This basket must have been lovely before it got crushed flat! I’ve never tried soaking & reshaping a basket before, I’m not sure if the sharp creases in it can be eliminated.
Both beautiful and functional and BIG!
This basket is my FAVORITE thing! Extremely versitle. Use it in the living room to store odds and ends, the slightly narrower opening makes helps keep contents discrete and less cluttered looking. Great for farmers market as it can hold a lot and is very sturdy, will not tip over and spill :) your basket may arrive misshaped but do not worry, it is a breeze to reshape simply by wetting it with cold water in the shower or kitchen spray nozzle. I was intimidated by the thought but once I started it was as if the basket knew exactly how it was supposed to be shaped and just took gentle pressing, took only a few minutes. You will jot be disappointed in this basket!