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Black Woven Peace Corps Basket

  • These modern African baskets are woven by Wolof women in rural Senegal using local grasses and thin strips of black plastic.

    Often used as laundry hampers, the baskets are long-lasting thanks to the use of modern synthetics and a tight coil stitch. Each basket includes a fitted lid.

    Measures 14"D x 19"T; size may vary slightly.

  • 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.