BONGO: Terracotta Rust Storage Baskets

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Introduce warm and rusty tones to your home with a beautiful BONGO basket, handmade from handwoven milulu grass which is coloured using all-natural dyes. Produced in three sizes, there’s one for every storage conundrum!

These BONGO baskets take at least one week to weave. They make perfect planters for your indoor jungle and also work well as storage baskets for everything from jewellery and toiletries to slippers, loo rolls and toys. 

Boasting an all over rust-coloured tone, BONGO was produced by a skilled weaver belonging to a small weaving group of 120 members in the Iringa region of Tanzania. The milulu reeds used to produce these woven storage baskets are often found in swamps and riverbeds, but also grown specifically for basket weaving. Its leaves are cut, split, dyed using natural dyes and dried before weaving begins.

The collective we partner with to produce these baskets supports a group of lead artisans who recruit and train weavers in their communities whilst training in quality control, bookkeeping, logistics and communication. We’re so excited to be working with this thriving and hugely talented group. 

The positive impact of these beautiful baskets is far-reaching.  Weaving brings a constant income stream to these women: a sustainable alternative to the unpredictable farming livelihoods many relied on before weaving. Basket weaving enables these women to budget for family life in a more sustainable way: buying uniform, paying school fees, paying family medical bills and putting money way in savings for unforeseen expenses and emergencies. Some weavers also use their basket weaving earnings to purchase solar panels for charging household appliances and phones. A number of weavers from this group have invested some of their weaving income in small-scale agricultural enterprises as a secondary source of income.



Dimensions (approx):

S: 19-21cm D | 19-21cm H

M: 25-27cm  D | 25-27cm H

L: 30-32cm D | 30-32cm H


Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.



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Beautiful baskets, quite expensive but worth every penny. Always arrive quickly. Highly recommended.


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