Using locally harvested cattail stalks and strips of plastic used to make prayer mats, the women bring supplemental income to their households by weaving baskets like this traditionally shaped warming basket. The basket's domed lid allows for an impressive amount of storage.
Handmade by experienced Wolof craftswomen, the baskets are sturdy and can last for decades. Each basket measures 12"D x 14"T; size may vary slightly. 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. 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 the fair trade incomes that build healthy communities.