Handwoven African Market Basket - Assorted Green
These one-of-a-kind, multicolored baskets will hold all of your cherished goods in style –– from groceries to throw blankets to pillows to plants, your imagination is the limit! Market baskets are traditionally used in West Africa to carry produce to and from markets or farms. Woven in an array of bright hues and patterns –– all decided by the artisans who weave them –– each basket is unique and carries deep cultural and spiritual meaning. Please note that you will be receiving one basket out of an assorted color and design collection.
Measurements: Approximately 15” x 14” x 9" (exact size varies due to the handmade nature of this product)
Materials: Vetiver grass with upcycled leather handle
**Contains upcycled leather product. Not vegan-friendly.
Care Instructions: To reshape your basket, dunk liberally into water, mold and re-shape to your liking. Air dry thoroughly. Avoid direct light for best color retention.*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.
How many baskets can one have? The basket is a little misshapened, I fixed it, but really, I liked the feeling of knowing it's hand made.
These are very well made baskets that will last the rest of my life and then some. Beautiful and sturdy. Such good workmanship. Thank you for making such nice products.