BONGO: Terracotta Rust Storage Baskets

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Introduce warm and rusty tones to your home with a BONGO basket, made from handwoven milulu grass which is coloured using all-natural dyes. Produced in three sizes, there’s one for every storage conundrum!
The weavers behind these ethical baskets use them in their own homes for keeping foodstuffs such as maize, potatoes and onions off the ground. These BONGO baskets also make excellent woven planters and can be deployed all over the home for keeping toiletries, cutlery, nappies. baby supplies and even hats, gloves and slippers organised.

These baskets are woven by craftswomen working within a network of village cooperatives in Tanzania. BONGO's earthy tones are created using natural dyes, derived from two ingredients: roots of the likenekene plant which are only available in the region of Njombe, south west of Tanzania, and leaves of the linywaugimbi plant which grows wild in Njombe, south west of Tanzania. These two ingredients are pounded into mulch using pestle and mortar before being added to a vat of boiling water. Next, milulu grasses are added to the pot, and boiled until the reeds and water turn a rusty colour. These grasses are removed from the pot, dried, and woven. 

The sturdy milulu grasses used to produce these woven storage baskets can be found locally in swamps and riverbeds, and some cooperatives grow the grasses specifically for weaving.

The income that weavers earn from their baskets helps families pay school fees and medical bills as well as making home improvements and buying livestock and poultry for farming. During the dry seasons, weaving helps bridge the gap in earnings that many families feel.

Basket sales are led by cooperative committee members and profits are reinvested for the benefit of the communities and product development. In recent years, these groups have purchased communal amenities like solar lighting, kerosene lamps, land, warehouses and raw materials for producing further baskets with basket sale profits.


Dimensions (approx):

S:  21-25cm DIA | 18-22cm H
M: 30-34cm DIA | 24-28cm H
L:  35-38cm DIA | 30-34cm H

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

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Delivery Info


Please note our last dispatch day will be Thursday 21st December.

We will be closed from Friday 22nd December until Wednesday 3rd January 2024. Any orders placed after 2pm on Thursday 21st December and before 11am on Thursday 28th December, will be dispatched on Thursday 28th December. Orders placed after 11am on Thursday 28th December will be dispatched Wednesday 3rd January 2024. 

For Christmas Deliveries, please note the order cut off dates below.


DPD Standard - Please order by 2pm on Wednesday 20th December

DPD Express Next Day - Please order by 2pm on Thursday 21st December

DPD Express Next Day by 12pm - Please order by 2pm on Thursday 21st December

DPD Saturday Delivery - Please order by 2pm on Thursday 21st December

Royal Mail Tracked 48 - Please order by 2pm on Monday 18th December

Royal Mail Tracked 24 - Please order by 2pm on Tuesday 19th December



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NORWAY 12th December
ROI 20th December
SPAIN 15th December
SWEDEN 18th December
SWITZERLAND 18th December



Please place your orders by the 12th December



For parcels to European destinations please allow 5 days for delivery. 

We are pleased to announce that from 22nd July 2021 we will be sending all European customer orders delivered duty paid (DDP). This means most EU based customers will no longer have to pay any additional import duty or taxes before receiving their orders.

Due to in country export changes the following countries will be subject to additional charges to receive their order. We will also require a personal tax number for dispatch:

Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Spain


We aim to dispatch all orders within 1 working day*, once your payment has been confirmed.

For orders £20 and under:

  • Royal Mail Tracked 48 at £ 2.95
  • Royal Mail Tracked 24 at £ 3.45
  • DPD Standard (1-2 working days) at £ 4.95
  • DPD Express Next Day (order by 2pm) at £6.95
  • DPD Express Next Day by 12pm (order by 2pm) at £12.95
  • DPD Saturday Delivery (order by 2pm on the Friday) at £10.95

For orders £20.01 and over

  • DPD Standard (1-2 working days) at £ 4.95
  • DPD Express Next Day (order by 2pm) at £6.95
  • DPD Express Next Day by 12pm (order by 2pm) at £12.95
  • DPD Saturday Delivery (order by 2pm on the Friday) at £10.95

FREE Delivery for orders £100 and over

  • DPD Standard (1-2 working days) FREE

Free Click and Collect:

  • Available from our Oxfordshire based office (address below) select pickup option at checkout. Pick up available during office hours of Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, you will be notified by email once your order is ready for collection.
The Basket Room
9 Worcester Rd Ind. Estate
Chipping Norton
Tel: 01608 239482

*Please note orders to N.Ireland & Highlands will take 2-3 days from dispatch.



We deliver worldwide, postage prices are based on the total weight of your order, calculated at the checkout. Most services are sent Tracked & Signed unless otherwise stated.

Please note, most countries will charge import duty on goods over a certain value, it is the buyer's responsibility to pay any charges that occur on importation at destination. 

If you cannot see your country listed, please contact to provide you with a shipping quote. 



It is very rare that items will get lost in the post. If there is no sign of your basket after 10 days, the plan of action is:

  1. Check the shipping address on your order confirmation.
  2. Check with your neighbours – sometimes the courier will leave parcels with your close neighbours.
  3. If no luck, please contact us and we will try to help solve the problem



Collection of your baskets direct from a fair or event that we're exhibiting may be possible. Please phone Holly on 01608 239482 to arrange it with 48 hrs advance notice. In this case, postage costs will be refunded.



You have the right to cancel your order, however if the order has already been processed and shipped by The Basket Room, you will need to follow the standard returns procedure. Please let us know as soon as possible.



All of our baskets are exquisitely handmade in remote rural corners of Africa using natural materials, one piece at a time, with no two baskets the same. Although every effort is made to create only the best product, there may be natural blemishes or bumps and curves in places, as well as patches of dirt that can be sometimes noticed on the recycled wool sisal mix baskets. These should not be misconstrued as flaws, but are what make each basket a handmade product, charming and unique. 

In addition to this, as each basket is individually hand woven some variation in size and colour may occur. If you need a specific size please let us know prior to placing your order. By purchasing this product online, you agree with these disclaimers.



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 warm (and damp proof!) 

As dyes are natural, colours may fade over time if basket is in direct sunlight.

Please be aware as the baskets are made of grass any areas in the home where there may be moisture in the air could cause your basket to grow mould. 

When using our baskets as planters or to cover plastic pots, please ensure a plastic dish is used in the bottom to catch any excess water as the sisal may rot and dyes may run.



If you decide you don’t like your basket we will be happy to accept returns, and refund you for the item as long as it is returned to us within 21 days of purchase. Returned products must be in the same condition as was received, complete with original swing tags and labels attached. Where possible, please include a note or brief reason for return. Unfortunately we can’t refund the cost of shipping and we do require you to pay for the postage of your returned items. Used or customer damaged items cannot be refunded or exchanged. We advise you to send this as recorded post, or keep a copy of proof of postage in the event that the package goes missing.

If your basket arrives with you damaged from the post on it's way out to you, and you would like to return it, we will of course be happy to reimburse for the item and the cost of shipping as long as you let us know about the damaged basket within 1 week of receiving your item/s.

All returns should be sent to:

The Basket Room
9 Worcester Road Industrial Estate
Chipping Norton
Tel: 01608 239482

Please note if a safe place of delivery is requested, we cannot be held responsible for any damage or theft of items.


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I recommend this product

Nice product, but pricey!

Good service. Quick to arrive and well packaged.

Meg W.
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I recommend this product

Bongo baskets

The Basket Room were efficient in every way. I am so pleased to find a supplier of baskets that guarantee no slavery/dreadful exploitation is involved and that the makers and company are thinking about the ecological impact of what they do.


The Basket Room

Thank you for your kind words. Great choice of basket, hopefully see you again soon!

Claire A.
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Beautiful basket

Lovely strong small basket for bits and pieces. Colour as per images, very happy. Would buy in an extra small size as well if it was available. Very pleased.


The Basket Room

Thanks for your review! We appreciate your feedback, noted on the size! We hope you enjoy your new basket!

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I recommend this product

Beautiful Baskets

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


The Basket Room

Thank you for your review and shopping with us at The Basket Room! We hope you love your new basket!