BULOPA: Blue & Natural Stripe Raffia Woven Wine Basket
BULOPA is your vino's new stylish accessory, featuring a blue and white stripe and ethically produced in Uganda. Bring a beautiful splash of colour and texture to your dining table.
These handwoven wine bottle holders are crafted in the Gulu region of Uganda by former child-soldiers and single mothers who have lived through Uganda’s twenty-year war with the LRA (The Lord's Resistance Army). These women have been trained in jewellery-making and basket weaving, the latter of which is now their main income stream.
Woven from raffia palms and banana fibres, these wine baskets also make great utensil pots for the kitchen or vases for your dried blooms. All of these wine baskets are unique and will bring character and colour to any table arrangement or picnic set up. Banana is a staple food in central and western Uganda, and in creating these baskets from the palm leaves of banana trees, these woven baskets help reduce the massive amount of waste created by banana tree plantations.
This group is currently training in making their own natural dyes from leaves, roots, bark and plants - watch this space. We're really excited to be collaborating with these artisans.
Material: Raffia & Banana Fibres
Dimensions (approx): 11cm DIA x 23cm H
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
HANDMADE IN UGANDA
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?