This stunning Bolga basket with a black and natural geometric pattern is tightly handwoven by talented weavers in Bolgatanga, Ghana, turning stiff stalks of elephant grass into works of functional art.
A popular choice for eco-conscious shopping, these indispensable market baskets stand the test of time, even with daily use. The baskets can also be rinsed with cool water and re-shaped, as needed.
Measures approximately 15"D x 15"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, some variation in size and design is expected.
Starting from a small woven circle, Ghanaian basket weavers work their way out from a central point to reveal beautiful, distinctive Bolga baskets. Sometimes called “market baskets,” Bolga baskets are woven from veta vera, or elephant grass. While the grass is grown primarily in southern Ghana, weavers in the northern region of Bolgatanga excel at transforming the tough grass fiber into the iconic baskets. The people from the region rely on the sale of handcrafted items to supplement their income, and their craftsmanship is demonstrated by the high quality of these artfully woven baskets.
The weaving of Bolga baskets in Ghana has been a traditional skill for many generations, and is often a communal process. The Bolga baskets sold by Swahili Modern are fair trade and a reliable source of income for weavers and their families. Just as the baskets begin as a small circle and expand, so does the impact of purchasing fair trade items that directly benefit, support and empower the artisans who create them.