Mini African Market Basket - Assorted Purples/Reds/Oranges
This mini market basket is used traditionally in Togo, West Africa to carry produce to and from markets or farms. 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.
*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: 9” x 7” x 5”
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
BUY A SET OF 3 AND GET $11 OFF!*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.
First of all, to those new to Bolga baskets, these ALMOST ALWAYS baskets arrive folded. DO NOT FREAK OUT. Please google a tutorial or check out the GlobeIn FB page for a tutorial on Bolga baskets to learn that you dampen them by spraying them or completely dunking them in water and reshape it after to receive it. It is very easy to do and they are NOT damaged! Let it dry and they are the shape it was original made to be. Phew, that said, these are great. The one I received was well made, just not my preferred color way (not a fan of red).
Nice size for the price. Quality
This basket arrived all bent and out of shape. Nothing in the box caused the damage so it was shipped damaged. l have emailed twice and had no response. This was to be a gift, so now there will be no gift. I have tried everything to straighten it out, but it is too stiff and pieces of palm keep coming off. Other than that it is a pretty cute little basket. I wish it weren't out of shape. I would love a new one.