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Ghanaian Fan - Assorted

Rated 4.8 out of 5
5 Reviews

Handmade in Bolgatanga (a town in northern Ghana colloquially known as Bolga), this stunning fan is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day. Or, hang it next to your favorite artwork for a unique wall decoration that will give your space a well-traveled look. Intricately woven from brightly dyed elephant grass, these one-of-a-kind creations are both practical and celebratory, displaying the vibrant colors of African culture.

Please note that you will be receiving one fan out of an assorted color and design collection. The array of hues and patterns is decided by the artisans weaving the fans, making each one unique.

Details

Measurements: 7" x 11" x 1"

Materials: Vetiver grass and organic dyes

*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 Susan
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

Received my 2 fans today !!! They are stunning !!! I bought decorative hooks for them and they are hanging on the wall as art . When I want to use one I just grab it . They work incredibly . 💖💖💖

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Reviewed by Lori R.
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Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

I have been in search of a beautiful, functional fan for some time now and this is perfect!

Being the winter season I haven’t been able to test it outside my living room! I plan on finding a great display place in the wall to hang it where I can just grab it on my way out the door when needed. And wondering if I should have bought a second as a backup just in case....

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Reviewed by Vicki H.
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5 Stars

I’m blown away at the beauty of my fan. It’s colors are so perfect. It functions very well as a fan should. I just love everything about it.

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Reviewed by J. R.
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I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
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4 Stars

Bigger than I envisioned but very nice.

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Reviewed by Gloria L.
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Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

Beautiful, high quality! Works well. Mine is different from the one in the photo but I will have to update at a later time.

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