ASHANTI: Handcrafted Multicoloured Rectangular Bike Basket
Meet ASHANTI: a stunning hand woven bicycle basket with bright Ghanaian flashes of pink, black, orange, red and turquoise. This rectangular front basket is a most unique bike accessory, designed in-house by The Basket Room.
Ideal for picking up bits and bobs at the local market and for storing picnics and blankets on days out in the countryside, our woven bicycle baskets can also be attached to the back of your bike as a stylish rear pannier. This bike accessory can also be attached to stairway bannisters, bathroom towel rails and cots if you fancy an aesthetic solution to storing books and magazines, towels, toiletries and toys. Each bike basket is a work of art, taking up to three days to weave by hand. Made from indigenous veta vera grass – also known as Elephant Grass – the preparation process is lengthy: grass is harvested, split, hand-rolled and dyed in boiling water before a skilled weaver from our partner weaving cooperative in Northern Ghana sets to work.
Most of the weavers in the Northern Ghana cooperative are arable and livestock farmers, though relying so heavily on a season’s rainfall makes for unpredictable income. Basket weaving - a skill passed down the generations in most families – has become a source of supplementary income for these communities in the dry seasons, helping families to meet their basic living costs. To own one of our woven baskets is to become a part of this legacy, helping women and families towards a more sustainable way of life.
Each bicycle basket comes with a thank you card from the weaving co-operative that made yours. Want to know more about the people behind the baskets? Meet the weavers here.
Material: VETA VERA GRASS & LEATHER
Regular: W35cm x D25cm x H25cm (approx)
Small: W29cm x D18cm x H22cm (approx)
Two leather straps are included.
If your basket gets wet, simply leave it to dry naturally and re-shape. When not in use, we recommend storing somewhere completely dry (and damp proof!)
As each basket is individually handmade, some variation in size and colour may occur.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN GHANA
The weavers are our life force - the sheer spirit of THE BASKET ROOM and the raw talent behind every fair trade basket we sell. Every woven basket has been worked on exclusively by one weaver, and each basket is their very own work of art before it becomes yours. Woven meticulously over a number of days, your basket has accompanied its creator on their daily errands from home to field to farm, enabling the weavers to earn a precious second income without having to give up their other jobs and responsibilities.
We’ve searched far and wide to partner up with the most remarkable artisans and networks of weaving cooperatives in Africa. We’re proud and privileged to regularly spend time with them all - getting to know the people, the raw materials and the harvesting, dyeing and weaving processes, first-hand.
The weavers take centre stage. These are their stories. Listen and share.
Where Are The Baskets Made?