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Admiring Baskets at a Market in Senegal

Senegalese craftswomen have excelled at using simple materials - plastic strips and natural grasses - to create baskets of stunning color and variety. Whenever we travel to Senegal (about 2-3 times a year), we work with the women to develop designs that are geared towards a US market.

The domed lid style (above) is a traditional Senegalese shape and requires a great deal of talent to form the lid.

Outdoor markets like this one outside of Dakar offer baskets in every color of the rainbow. The domed lid style (above) is a traditional Senegalese shape and requires a great deal of talent to form the lid. 

Senegalese hampers with modern designs. http://www.swahilimodern.com/

Over the last year, we have been working with the weavers to develop "stair step" and chevron designs. Aren't they lovely? These pictured baskets are samples in progress. 

Which styles do you like the best? Let us know in the comments so that we can have the baskets shipped back and put on the site!


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