ESSARKYIR: Red & Black Rectangular Bike Basket
Give those two wheels an instant upgrade with this beautiful rectangular bicycle basket. Essarkiyir is a unique, one of a kind bike basket, featuring a striking design in red and black. Made from robust veta vera grass then colourfully dyed, the weavers have complete creative freedom resulting in exquisite designs that are only ever made once.
Ideal for shopping trips in town and days out exploring the countryside, our woven bicycle baskets are also roomy enough to store all your books and stationery when traveling to and from college or the library. Perfect for use as either a front basket or as a pannier attached to the back of your bike, the basket can also be attached to bannisters, towel rails and cots for keeping all manner of household items tidy.
Each bike basket takes up to three days to weave by hand, and is made from wild veta vera – also known as Elephant Grass. This indigenous grass is harvested, split, hand-rolled and dyed before it is ready to be woven by a skilled member of our partner weaving cooperative in Northern Ghana.
To purchase one of our woven baskets is to become an important part of our journey: a beautiful story of sustainability, community and craftsmanship. We are dedicated to supporting the weavers in a definitively fair trade, helping to provide a regular source of income to help sustain farming communities whose primary income – agriculture and livestock – is perilously unpredictable.
Want to know more about the people behind the baskets? Meet the weavers here.
Material: VETA VERA GRASS & LEATHER
Dimensions: 36cm W x 27cm D x 24cm H
Two leather straps are included.
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
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Shop the Dog Basket collection here.