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Ghana Bolga Baskets & Totes

Natural Striped Shopper with Black Leather Handles

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  • A perfect tote to carry from the market to the beach and beyond, this shopper is handcrafted in Ghana from thick stalks of natural elephant grass, with soft leather handles for added comfort.

    A popular choice for eco-conscious shopping, these indispensable bags stand the test of time, even with daily use. The bags can be rinsed as needed and re-shaped, using cool water.

    Measures 18"T x 8"W x 16"L. Due to the handmade nature of this tote, slight variations may occur.

  • Weavers in the far northern Bolgatanga region of Ghana excel at transforming the tough plant fiber into the iconic Bolga baskets that are collected around the world. Most basket weavers live in small villages surrounding Bolgatanga, and enjoy weaving as a means to earn income to supplement farming and animal husbandry.

    Community of weavers, working under a tree to weave fair trade Bolga Baskets, in the area near Bolgatanga, Ghana

Bolga basket weavers, crafting handmade baskets in Northern Ghana

A TRADITION OF BASKET WEAVING IN GHANA

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.




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