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.
HANDMADE IN GHANA
Our Ghanaian woven baskets are a celebration of Northern Ghana’s abundant natural raw material, and the age-old weaving skills of its people: sustainable style and ethical production, through and through. In our ongoing commitment to fair trade, our baskets are produced from natural materials indigenous to the region they are woven in.Home of the hardy veta vera grass, Ghana is where our collections of sturdier, stiffer baskets are made: woven bike baskets, square, rectangular and circular storage baskets, bolga shopping baskets, dog baskets and baby Moses baskets. Where Kenyan sisal grass creates supple and pliable baskets and bags, Ghanaian veta vera grass produces more structured baskets.
We partner with 24 weaving cooperatives and over 1000 weavers in Ghana, both male and female. This portable and flexible craft means that weavers can take their work home with them if preferred, completing their weaving around other household tasks and duties to create truly fair trade baskets. Bicycle baskets and storage baskets generally take around three days to complete, and the process – as you will see from the pictures – is meticulous.
"We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to the customers who buy our baskets, which create employment for our women in Ghana. We say thank you and we wish to continue to do business with you next year." - Asabila, Cooperative Manager – Ghana
Shop the Log Basket Collection here.
Shop the Art Basket Collection here.
Shop the Bike Basket collection here.
Shop the Square, Rectangular and Circular Floor Storage Basket collection here.
Shop the Moses Basket Collection here.
Shop the Bolga Shopping Basket collection here.
Shop the Dog Basket collection here.