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Midnight and Natural Checkered Bolga Decor Basket


This gorgeous checkerboard basket is crafted in Bolgatanga, Ghana, by weavers who apply their skill, turning stiff stalks of elephant grass into these beautiful works of functional art.

Measures 15"D x 15"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation is expected. 

NOTE: In response to requests for bolga baskets with less leather, we now offer many baskets without goatskin-wrapped handles! This basket is reinforced with a small amount of leather at each end of the handle, and the rest of the handle is natural grass. Grass handled baskets like this one are best used for display or decor. Please consider reinforcing the handle if you choose to use it for heavy carrying.

Bolga basket weavers, crafting handmade baskets in Northern Ghana


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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