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The beautiful hand-woven Fair Trade Strong Stripe African Basket 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. The men tan the goat hides and work the leather onto the handles. The Fair Trade African Basket, Strong Stripe is a large, especially well made basket as work of art to display in your home or to flash about at your local Farmers’ Market or the grocery store.
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 African Basket is perfect for carrying wood for the fireplace, library books, kids toys or picnics. 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. *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 15 inches with leather reinforced handle. This basket is sold individually and if you order it you will receive this exact splendid basket. One available.
One large, Fair Trade Strong Stripe African Basket, as pictured.