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Oversized Rainbow Hamper

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  • At 27" tall and 16" wide, these ample Senegalese hampers provide near-bottomless storage while making your home more beautiful. Fair Trade and handcrafted with joy, the hampers are solidly constructed and will you last for years to come with little to no maintenance.

    Each statuesque hamper features a fitted lid for easy on-off, woven handles, and a dazzling rainbow of colors. The hampers are constructed of only two materials, both eco-friendly: sustainable grass stalks and discarded strips of plastic leftover from prayer mat factories.

    Hamper sales generate income to provide food, shelter, and educational materials for Senegalese communities. The Rainbow Hampers sell quickly, so grab yours today and feel great about your purchase!


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.




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