Handwoven African Shoulder Basket - Surprise me!
This shoulder basket is used traditionally in Togo, West Africa to hold coins awarded to ceremonial dancers. Members of Alafﬁa basket cooperatives receive fair wages and health care for their families in return for indigenous skills and knowledge. This exchange empowers West African communities and preserves cultural heritage.
Care Instructions: To reshape your basket, spray lightly with water, shape and air dry thoroughly. Avoid direct light for best color retention.
*Because this is an assorted product, fabric designs are subject to change.*Due to the artisanal nature of this product, color and size may vary.
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Artisan Organization: Alaffia
Sirina Izetou comes from a family of 17 children, only one whom has ever set foot in school. Desperate for work and with a limited skill set, Sirina sought recruitment with Alaffia and was accepted. After she sent a portion of her very first paycheck to him, Sirina’s father was incredulous, as well as tremendously grateful, for this company that would hire his uneducated daughter.
Alaffia dedicates itself to alleviating the conditions of extreme poverty in rural Togo and to ensuring that all profits made from African resources benefit the African people. All Alaffia programming is funded by the profits made from products like this body lotion.