Doll Bassinet - Natural
made in Ghana
by weavers using locally sourced grasses
$ 96.00 - $ 146.00
An adorable doll bassinet for little ones to play pretend or to serve as a stylish storage basket in a nursery. This basket is hand-woven from durable stalks of elephant grass and comes with comfortable leather-wrapped carry handles. Each purchase empowers artisans at Bolga Basket Weavers in Ghana.
Natural Doll Bassinet | The Little Market
As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.
- Please note this is not designed for babies or humans and is for playtime and décor purposes only.
- Large approximately: 28" long x 18" wide x 12" tall (to top of basket) + approximately 18" tall (to top of handles)
- Small approximately: 21" long x 13" wide x 8" tall (to top of basket) + approximately 14" tall (to top of handles)
- Materials: thick, tough elephant grass, leather, and natural dye
- As with all hand-woven items, slight variations can occur
Bolga Basket Weavers
Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, West Africa, weave beautiful and durable baskets from thick, tough elephant grass. A classic icon of African craftsmanship, most Bolga baskets hold up to daily use for years on end. Today, Bolgatanga, known as the crafts center of Northern Ghana, with its surrounding villages comprise the largest producers of leather works and straw baskets in the country. Basket weaving around Bolgatanga in Upper East Region serves as an example of the craft skills of women in the north. The sales of these baskets have allowed many impoverished farmers in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, West Africa to attain a sustainable way of living.
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.
Ghana is a country whose immense cultural diversity is a reflection of the more than 75 ethnic groups living in the country. Ghana is often described as a land of festivals, music, and traditional dances. There is hardly any community, clan, or tribe who misses an occasion to celebrate: from the right of passage child-birth, puberty, marriage and death. Ghanaians are well known for their craftwork such as hand-carved stools, fertility dolls, and colorful ‘kente’ cloth.
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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.