Handwoven African Market Basket - Assorted Yellow

Handwoven African Market Basket - Assorted Yellow

Rated 4.3 out of 5
15 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

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*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 debra Y.
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

This is a beautifully made basket. I have to continually tell my daughters they can’t have it. Guess I know what to get them for Christmas !

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Reviewed by Bridgette M.
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Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

Love this basket and have gotten several compliments on it and it's workwomanship!

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Reviewed by Gail P.
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Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

I love the basket and appreciate all the time, effort and talent that it took to make it. I found a perfect place fr ir near our bay window near a large wooden bird and our 40 year old aloe plant. Right now it has all our dog toys in.

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Reviewed by Carla B.
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

Love these baskets, I bought them in all the colors. I had to resize them in water and let them dry a few days. I use one for all my yarn and needles, one for magazines and am still deciding on the others. One is almost big enough for blanket storage. They are expensive but pretty.

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Reviewed by Valerie H.
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

Look at this colorful addition to my home! I adore baskets for form, function and beauty! So sturdy and was a cinch to form. I will be purchasing more for gifts and me!

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