Our smart AKOSU rectangular storage baskets sport bold black stripes against a natural undyed grass base. These stylish and robust storage baskets come in three stackable sizes and are hand woven in Northern Ghana.
Being beautifully hand woven, these baskets – also known as bolga baskets - they look superb all over the home. Bring a little order to the living room and use yours for stacking kindling or magazines. In the bathroom, use your AKOSU baskets for storing toiletries, towels and loo rolls.
Each woven storage basket takes up to three days complete, and is made from an indigenous Ghanaian grass called veta vera. The process is time-consuming: before weaving can begin the grass must be collected and split by hand, then hand-rolled and dyed. Only then can a weaver from our partner weaving cooperative begin her skilful work.
Most of the weavers in the Northern Ghana cooperative are agricultural workers, though relying on a season’s rainfall for income makes for unstable living. Basket weaving – one of the oldest crafts known to man – has become a source of alternative income for these communities, particularly in the dry seasons. This additional channel of work helps families to meet their basic living costs. To purchase one our woven baskets is to become an important part of our journey: supporting the weavers in a truly fair and sustainable trade. Every woven basket comes with a thank you card from the co-operative that made yours. You can meet the weavers from Ghana HERE.
These black striped storage baskets are also available in square shape, here.
Material: VETA VERA GRASS
Small: D24cm x W34cm x H23cm
Medium: D26cm x W36cm x H25cm
Large: D28cm x W40cm x H27cm
The baskets stack into one another to form a set of three, price is for each individual size, not for a set of three.
Please note, as dyes are natural, colours may fade over time. If your basket gets wet, simply leave it to dry naturally and re-shape. As each basket is individually handmade, some variation in size and colour may occur.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN GHANA