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The beautiful hand-woven, Traditional African Bolga Basket Fair Trade is 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. We built from the traditional Bolga basket base, but asked for bold solid colors and simple cutout handles. We love the result! The Fair Trade Cutout African Bolga Basket Yellow is especially well made basket as work of art to display in your home.
The artisans are mainly farm families who supplement their income by making and selling baskets. The leather covered handle and the tight weave of the African Basket adds to it’s strength. The Fair Trade Cutout African Basket is perfect for storing wood for the fireplace, library books, kids toys, bath towels and blankets. Baskets are made in the historic town of Bolgatanga, generally referred to as Bolga. It is the capital of the Bolgatanga Municipal District and Upper East Region of north Ghana. The Baskets are often called ‘Bolga Baskets‘ due to their origin.
*Shaping Baskets: Wet baskets with lukewarm water, shape, turn upside down to dry. They will look perfect every time.
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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.
One approximately 15 by 15 inches Fair Trade Cutout African Bolga Basket Yellow, as pictured.