This beautifully woven basket in classic black is crafted using durable elephant grass. Each basket features a contrasting rim and handle that is wrapped with soft, hand-dyed cow leather.
All of the materials used in the bolga baskets are sustainable, and the baskets are fair trade. Measures 15"D x 15"T.
Master weaver Tahiru owns a workshop in Bolga that is connected to his home. Having collaborated with high-end designers for a number of American companies, Tahiru is a skilled weaver who has taught both men and women to make bolga baskets of a truly exceptional quality. His generous spirit and talent has allowed many impoverished farmers in the area to attain a sustainable way of living.
Created by master Ghanaian balaphon builder and player Christopher Doozie, these xylophones are carefully calibrated musical instruments that produces an amazingly resonant sound with warm, round tones greater than that of steel xylophones.
This West African percussion instrument includes 6 wooden notes with calabash gourd resonators of decreasing size (underneath). Traditionally crafted, this is a beautifully tuned instrument that is as inviting to the eye as to the hand. Mallet included.
6 Note Xylophone measures 20"L x 12"W x 10"T.
Christopher Doozie is a musical performer, instructor and managing director of Dagarti Arts in Accra, Ghana. He sells his handmade, highly desired xylophones at US museums and even made the xylophones used in the Broadway production of The Lion King.
Created from colorful kitenge cloth and leather by Ghanaian artisans, each fan can be folded and tucked away when not in use. When fully expanded, the fan not only creates a significant breeze, it also captures the eye with the bold prints of kitenge fabric.
These will come in assorted colors and patterns for a fun accent. Measures [Expanded] 11"L x 1"W x 14.5"T [Folded] 2"L x 1"W x 9"T.
Sumptuously colored Ghanaian kente cloth, made by Asante and Ewe weavers, is characterized by sharply defined shapes created by the technique of loom weaving using specially designed looms. Artisans in Ghana, West Africa, highlight this hand woven Kente cloth fabric in colorful accessories.
Ghanaian totes woven from elephant grass are always popular choices among conscious shoppers because they not only provides practicality but a chic style! This one, with its black geometric designs, features soft black leather-wrapped handles for comfort.
The totes are tightly woven and can stand up to years of usage while still remaining beautiful.
Measures 16"L x 7"W x 18"T.
The weaving of "market baskets" in Ghana has been a traditional skill for many generations. Because the soil around Bolgatanga is not fertile enough to sustain agriculture, the people of the region rely upon handicraft products to supplement their income. The baskets sold by Swahili Modern are Fair Trade and are a reliable source of income for women weavers and their families.