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The beautiful hand-woven Fair Trade African Butterfly Purse Baskets are all natural, made from the local ‘elephant grass’ and natural dyes. The grass grows wild and is harvested, dried into straw and then woven by the women of the village. The men tan the goat hides and work the leather onto the handles. The baskets are made in the historic village of Bolgatanga, Ghana, Africa and therefore the traditional shaped, round baskets are sometimes called Bolga Baskets. The Fair Trade African Butterfly Purse Basket is an especially well made basket fully meant to be used for carrying items. It is perfect for travel and trips around the neighborhood.
The artisans are mainly farm families who supplement their income by making and selling baskets. The leather covered handles and the tight weave of the African Basket adds to it’s strength.
*Shaping Baskets: Wet Purse Baskets with lukewarm water, shape, set upside down to dry. They will look perfect every time. *See related items below.
The specialized weaving process makes these baskets strong and flexible. Occasionally wetting the African Baskets will re-hydrate the fibers making the basket stronger and lengthening the life of it.
Approximately 8-10 inches tall at inside center of purses with additional height of leather reinforced handles. One Fair Trade African Butterfly Purse Basket in assorted colors and designs. See photo for examples. Each basket is an individual and will come with its own colors and designs. No two are exactly alike. Be surprised and enjoy the adorable little open grab and go baskets!