One of the (many) very special things about our baskets is how versatile they are, and our Ghanaian log baskets are no exception. These tall, open baskets also make perfect laundry baskets – so last year we decided to have some cotton basket liners manufactured so that we could sell these baskets as one or the other – or both!

Ghanaian Log and Laundry Baskets with Liner from £119

Our new calico cotton liners can be purchased as an add-on when you buy one of our Ghanaian Log or Laundry Baskets. These liners sit inside the basket and are secured by two simple ties either side of the basket handles.

Image Credit: Fabric Works

In bringing in an additional, optional element to these baskets, we were mindful – as ever - to work with an organisation that is doing positive things socially and environmentally. Holly did some research and came across a social enterprise called Fabric Works, based in East London, UK. Being a small textile design and production group that creates training opportunities and routes to sustainable employment for local women, we were extremely keen to work with them.

TINDAN: Small Green, Turquoise and Black Laundry or Log Basket £105. Add liner for £14

Five women worked on our first order of cotton laundry basket liners, from their studio at Limehouse Town Hall, Tower Hamlets. Here, Fabric Works has created a welcoming space for local long-term unemployed women to meet, to learn, and to create.

Image Credit: Fabric Works

Here women can access free machining, hand sewing and garment production classes, one-to-one support, work experience and volunteering opportunities, and CV building sessions, as well as commission-based work, paid in line with the London Living Wage.

Image Credit: Fabric Works

As well as The Basket Room, Fabric Works has partnered with ethical fashion houses Birdsong, Markus Lupfer and AKThreads, and many smaller, start-up brands - making garments, homeware, soft furnishings, accessories and toys. Twenty of their team finished their biggest commission to date last Christmas: 1800 wheat wellness bags for Toast.

Image Credit: Fabric Works

The enterprise has also just launched a new repair and alterations service, giving old clothes and textiles a new lease of life. 
"Making for the basket room was wonderful" said Fatheha, from the senior production team.

DITANE: Medium Pink, Turquoise and Orange Laundry or Log Basket £120. Add liner for £14

"It is wonderful to know we are part of a conscientious supply chain, and we very much support the work The Basket Room is doing. We look forward to making for and with you again soon!"

Shop our Log & Laundry Baskets here.
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April 25, 2022

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