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Handwoven Teardrop African Market Basket - Assorted Natural

Handwoven Teardrop African Market Basket - Assorted Natural

Rated 4.9 out of 5
24 Reviews

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

*Due to the artisanal nature of this product, color and size may vary.

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.

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Reviewed by Kristine I.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Basket

So big and beautiful Great for carrying stuff up and down the stairs

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Reviewed by Blynne F.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Farmers market

Large enough to fill with tons of fresh produce and still have a hand free for gathering more. Everyone wants to know where I got it.

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Reviewed by Jeanie C.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Handwoven teardrop African Market Basket

I finally got this today ... have the perfect place for it ! It came in all scrunched up ... but no problem with dunking in water and then stuffed it with paper to get the original shape back ...

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Reviewed by Constance C.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Market Basket

It larger than I anticipated, I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t the exact pattern as it turns out I will be able to use it for various things. My current plan is to store bath towels or spa towels in it.

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Reviewed by Carol D.
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Beautiful Basket

It is large and beautiful. I love it!

Delivery was fast also.

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