Whimsical Basket - Black
Made in Senegal
by weavers using local grasses
This charming basket offers a storage solution that's as pretty as it is practical. It's hand-woven from cattail stalks and recycled plastic, and it will last for years. Each purchase supports the Wolof Weavers of Senegal.
Handwoven Grass & Recycled Plastic Basket, Fair Trade | Black
As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.
- Basket height 7"; lid height 8"; diameter 11"
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
The women of Wolof Weavers of Senegal are proud to preserve the coil style of basket weaving by passing the technique from generation to generation. Using thick local grasses and strips of recycled plastic in the traditional technique, the artisans craft baskets and hampers that generate income critical to sustaining their families. Wolof Weavers is a cooperative effort of over 100 highly skilled women weaving in nine villages.
Many of the artisans we work with at The Little Market use weaving techniques to create beautiful handmade baskets and bags. In the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, West Africa, artisans weave beautiful and durable baskets from thick, tough elephant grass. Basket weaving around Bolgatanga in Upper East Region serves as an example of the craft skills of women in the north, and each colorful basket can take up to a week to finish.
The process begins by harvesting tall elephant grass from local fields. The straw is bundled together, then dipped into boiling water and natural dye to gain it its vibrant color. The weaver selects the proper pieces of grass for each part of the basket, then weaves from the bottom up. Finally, an artisan applies a tightly wrapped leather handle to finish the piece. A classic icon of African craftsmanship, Bolga baskets from Ghana are known for their durability, unique patterns, and vibrant colors.
Senegal has a vast and diverse culture dating back centuries. Music and dance play a crucial role, and typical traditional music such as Yela, the rhythms of which mimic the sound of grain being pounded by female villagers, is still practiced by many Senegalese. Senegal is also famous for the quality of its jewelry. Local artisans sell their intricately crafted gold and silver jewelry in regional markets all over the country, and the large amber necklaces traditionally worn by Fulani women are a common sight.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.