Natural Floor Basket - Oval
Made in India
by artisans using sustainable materials
$ 38.00 - $ 144.00
Store towels, toys, blankets, and more in these hand-woven baskets made from sustainable plant materials. Buy just one or make it a nesting set with all three. Each purchase empowers artisans at Matr Boomie in Bangladesh.
Handmade Basket | Fair Trade | The Little Market
As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.
- Small: Approximately 15" wide x 10" deep x 11" high
- Medium: Approximately 18" wide x 11" deep x 13" high
- Large: Approximately 20" wide x 13" deep x 14" high
- Care instructions: Spot clean using minimal water. Dab (do not rub) using an undyed paper towel or cloth to prevent the colors from bleeding. Dry completely to avoid molding. To preserve the natural colors and stop fading, do not place in direct sunlight.
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
Matr Boomie, formally Handmade Expressions is a sourcing partner for socially and environmentally responsible products. They work with underprivileged and disadvantaged artisans in India and strive to improve their economic and social standing by creating self-sustainable employment following fair trade practices. They partner with grass-root level NGOs and artisan cooperatives and help them create high quality handmade goods. They empower the artisans with market and fashion information that allow them to create functional products. At the same time, they encourage them to use natural fibers and recycled material wherever possible.
These baskets are hand-woven using a traditional technique that dates back approximately 30 years. To begin the process, artisans collect seagrass leaves from local cultivators near coastal and riverside regions of Bangladesh. They set these leaves to dry in the sun for 10 to 15 days and then clean them in preparation for weaving. Next, they twist the leaves, forming a rope, and create an iron frame based on the basket’s size and shape. Using the frame for structure, they weave the basket, remove it from the frame when ready, cut off the edges, and, lastly, set it to dry in the sun.
Its combination of spiritual depth, unmatched physical beauty, and cultural diversity makes India one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. A very diverse country, India is symbolized by the plurality of its culture, which reaches back about 5,000 years, making it one of the world's oldest cultures. With 1.237 billion people in 2012, India is the world’s largest democracy and fourth largest economy. In spite of the impressive economic growth it has seen in the last decade, for more than 400 million of India’s people (one-third of the world’s poor), crushing poverty and malnutrition are still harsh realities, and 29.8 percent of the total population fall below the international poverty line of US $1.25 per day. Moreover, in 2012, India ranked in the 136th place out of 187 countries in the 2013 Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which assesses long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.
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.