Woven Serving Tray - Natural
Made in Rwanda
by weavers using locally sourced grasses
Serve up delicious dishes in this hand-woven serving tray, or use it to organize coffee table clutter. Each purchase supports artisans in Rwanda working for All Across Africa.
Woven Serving Tray - Natural | Fair Trade | The Little Market
- Approximately 16" long x 12" wide x 2" tall
- Made of sisal and sweet grass grown naturally in Rwanda
- Organic Dyes are used to dye the sisal
- Care instructions: Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
All Across Africa
All Across Africa works with rural producer groups and business partners to supply fair trade products including beautifully hand-woven baskets that we carry. Artisans in Rwanda use locally grown sisal and sweetgrass to make these baskets. All Across Africa is a benefit corporation and gives artisans a “market bundle” including education, materials, finance, and training programs. It is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation and aims to create sustainable income opportunities for its partners, while it is directly connecting artisans and producers to a wider external market.
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.
Rwanda is located in East/Central Africa and is commonly known as “the land of a thousand hills.” It is home to beautiful landscapes, from rivers and lakes to volcanoes and dense tropical forests. Popular industries include agricultural products and cement, while common agriculture includes coffee, tea, and bananas. The country’s primary languages are Kinyarwanda, French, English, and Kiswahili.
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.