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Ghana Bolga Baskets & Totes

Onyx & Verdant Stripe Bolga Basket

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  • This stunning Bolga basket with a colorful striped 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, but due to the handcrafted nature of this basket size may vary by several inches. Limited quantity available, color and pattern may vary slightly from images.  


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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