ASILI: Natural Oblong Bike Basket with Handle
Beautifully simple and practical, the ASILI bicycle basket is the perfect bike accessory. Designed in-house by The Basket Room, this unique woven creation can be attached to the front of your bike or to the rear as a chic pannier. Complete with woven handle, once arrived at your destination, unbuckle and take with you for the day!
The perfect basket for picking up flowers at the local market and days out pedalling through the countryside, our woven bicycle baskets are roomy enough inside to store books and stationery, a small picnic blanket and lunch, or your gym kit and trainers. The ASILI can also be secured to stairway bannisters, bathroom towel rails and cots or hung in the kitchen or pantry as an aesthetic storage basket. Each bike basket is a work of art - taking up to three days to weave by hand - and is made from an indigenous crop known colloquially as ‘elephant grass’. This indigenous grass is hand-rolled and dyed in boiling water before being woven by a skilled member of our partner weaving cooperative in Northern Ghana.
The majority of weavers in the Northern Ghana cooperative are arable and livestock farmers. Basket weaving - a skill passed along the generations in many families – has become a source of alternative income for these communities during 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.
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
Dimensions: W35cm x D25cm x H25cm (approx)
Two leather straps are included.
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. 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?