These natural grass baskets are tightly woven by expert weavers from the Bolgatanga region in Ghana. To create the brilliant rainbow weave, artisans dye strands of elephant grass in an array of colors before weaving.
The basket can be rinsed with cool water and re-shaped, as needed. Measures approximately 15"D x 15"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.
Choose from an all-grass, vegan handle (recommended for home decor use) or a full, leather-covered handle (sturdier; recommended choice for use as a market basket).
NOTE: In response to requests for leather-free vegan bolga baskets, we now offer many baskets without goatskin handles! The leather improves durability of the grass handles, so we recommend care be taken when using the leather-free baskets for carrying items.
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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