GBALONG: Pink and Navy Woven Market Basket
Striking GBALONG is a traditional Ghanaian bolga basket, with gorgeous bands of bright navy and pink. This fair trade market basket is totally unique: created according to the artistic choices of the individual maker, so once this one is sold, it won’t be made again. GBALONG is the ideal shopping or picnic basket and makes for beautiful storage all over the home: fill yours with blankets or loo rolls, vegetables, slippers, scarves or toys!
Each one of these unique, fair trade shopping baskets take up to three days to weave by hand, using indigenous veta vera grass which creates impressively robust basketry. This particular basket comes with extra ethical points in being 100% vegan: no leather details. Once the grasses are picked, rolled and dyed by hand, a member of our partner weaving cooperative sets to work.
Most weavers in the Northern Ghana cooperative are farmers, though relying on a season’s rainfall makes for unpredictable living. Basket weaving – one of the oldest crafts known to man – has become a source of alternative income for these communities in the dry seasons, helping families to meet their basic living costs more comfortably. When you buy one of our beautiful woven baskets you become a part of this important story.Want to know more about the Ghanaian weavers? Click here.
Material: VETA VERA GRASS
Dimensions: W34cm x H29cm (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.
FAIR TRADE & 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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