These modern hamper baskets are woven by rural craftswomen in Senegal using coils of natural grasses, held together by interwoven strips of plastic in a white and silver herringbone pattern.
Each large basket feature a fitted lid, top knob, and braided handles. Often used as laundry hampers, the baskets are tightly woven and sturdy enough to last for decades. The cattail grass stalks are sustainably grown, and the plastic strips are upcycled from a local prayer mat factory.
Medium measures 21"-22H" x 14"W (out of stock). Large measures 26-28"H x 16"W. As with any handmade item, this hamper may vary slightly in size, color, or shape. Fair trade.
Since 2008, Swahili has worked with a group of talented Wolof weavers in remote Senegal to provide hampers and baskets woven from salvaged plastic strips and cattail stalks to stores around the world, including West Elm, Land of Nod, The Company Store, Garnet Hill and Anthropologie. Working together with the Peace Corps, Swahili and over 120 Wolof women prove that cooperative, home-based craft export is an excellent way for rural women to earn the fair trade incomes that build healthy communities.