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Senegal Hampers & Baskets

Trio of White with Silver Blocks African Baskets

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  • Handwoven by Wolof women in rural Senegal, this lovely trio of baskets beautifies your home while also providing three ways to store toys, clothing, or craft supplies.

    The baskets are handcrafted from sustainable cattail grass stalks and salvaged plastic strips in white and silver. The two larger baskets include cut-out handles and all three baskets nest inside each other when not in use.

    Large measures 18"L x 15"W x 11"T. Medium measures 14"L x 12"W x 8"T. Small measures 10"L x 9"W x 7"T. Due to the handmade nature of these baskets, some variation is expected.

  • 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.


Wolof Weavers of Rural Senegal

This coil style of basket weaving has been practiced in Senegal for generations. Traditionally, Wolof women created baskets by binding njodax, a thick local grass, with long strips of reed. Though reed strips could be harvested locally, they were very hard on the hands of the weavers. About 20 years ago, an idea revolutionized Wolof basket weaving. A factory in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, creates mats using plastic strips that strongly resemble the reed strips. Using the plastic strips to replace the sharp natural material, conditions for the weavers drastically improved and the baskets began to burst into vibrant colors.

Since 2008, Swahili has worked with a group of talented Wolof weavers in remote Senegal to design hampers and baskets woven from the salvaged plastic strips and cattail stalks. First introduced by the Peace Corps, Swahili and more than 120 Wolof women prove that cooperative, home-based craft export is an excellent way for rural women to earn fair trade incomes that build healthy communities.




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