Join our mailing list to receive 10% off your first order!

Cream & White Leather Trimmed Grain Baskets

sen69f

Talented Wolof basket weavers in rural Senegal transform abundant cattail stalks and salvaged plastic strands to create useful tabletop baskets that double as art. Each basket features a unique woven design, and a rim bound in soft leather.

Sold individually, and in assorted patterns. Images show some examples of how patterns may vary. Measures 16"D x 4"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item size and color may vary slightly. 


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.




Related Items

Back to the top