CHAKULA: Turquoise and Orange Market Basket
Stunning CHAKULA is a traditional Ghanaian bolga basket, sporting beautiful shades of turquoise and orange in an intricate tribal pattern. This market basket is truly one-of-a-kind: you won’t find another like this, so once it’s gone it’s gone! CHAKULA is the perfect shopping or picnic companion and can be put to use all over the home. Fill yours with hats and gloves, rugs and throws, bathroom accessories - or toys!
Each one of these unique, shopping baskets take up to three days to weave by hand, using veta vera grass which produces baskets of excellent structural balance and durability. This particular basket comes with the added ethical credentials of being 100% vegan, with no leather detailing as seen on other baskets in this collection. This indigenous grass is hand picked from the tip, hand-rolled and dyed in boiling water before being woven by a skilled member of our partner weaving cooperative in Northern Ghana.
Agricultural work is the mainstay of most of these Ghanaian weavers’ incomes, but the pervasive dry season makes it increasingly difficult for families to meet school fees and medical bills. Basket weaving brings opportunity to earn a flexible and valuable second income. Each market basket comes with a thank you card from the weaving co-operative that made yours. Want to know more about the Ghanaian weavers? Click here.
Material: VETA VERA GRASS & LEATHER
Dimensions: W36cm x H24cm (width is measured at widest part of basket)
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
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
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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.