HUNTUMA: Black Pattern Woven Moses Basket
We’re delighted to announce the arrival of HUNTUMA, our ethically hand woven Moses basket made by our partner co-operative in Northern Ghana. HUNTUMA is an award-winning Moses basket: recipient of the bronze award for best baby crib, pod or Moses design in the Junior Design Awards 2021.
This beautiful baby bassinet makes the perfect ethical baby gift and features striking black stripes and tribal-inspired blocks on a natural sisal base. Its matching black carry handles come in buttery-soft and sustainably-sourced goat’s leather. The majority of these weavers are men having been taught the age-old art of basket weaving from their own mothers and fathers. Agricultural work is the mainstay of most weavers’ family incomes, but poor rainfall and drought makes life extremely challenging. Basket weaving, and producing these exquisite woven Moses baskets, brings women and men the opportunity to earn a valuable second income.
Each Moses basket takes around three days to weave, using veta vera grass (also known as ‘elephant grass’) which grows wild in Ghana and is remarkably sturdy when woven. These Ghanaian Moses baskets are the perfect napping space for new arrivals.
Choose to accessorise your basket with an array of essentials for your newborns ultimate comfort. Combine a foam mattress and cotton sheet or choose to upgrade to a natural coconut coir and wool mattress (made from hundreds of coconut fibres and recommended for newborn babies) and organic cotton sheet. You can even add a cotton liner to complete the set!
Want to know more about the people behind the baskets? Meet the weavers here.
Material: Veta Vera Grass & Leather
Dimensions: L:80cm x W:43cm x H:25cm (at hood) approx
It must be noted that these baskets are not carrying devices and should only be used on the floor or on a flat surface when baby is inside.
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE AND HANDMADE IN GHANA
The weavers are our life force - the sheer spirit of THE BASKET ROOM and the raw talent behind every fair trade basket we sell. Every woven basket has been worked on exclusively by one weaver, and each basket is their very own work of art before it becomes yours. Woven meticulously over a number of days, your basket has accompanied its creator on their daily errands from home to field to farm, enabling the weavers to earn a precious second income without having to give up their other jobs and responsibilities.
We’ve searched far and wide to partner up with the most remarkable artisans and networks of weaving cooperatives in Africa. We’re proud and privileged to regularly spend time with them all - getting to know the people, the raw materials and the harvesting, dyeing and weaving processes, first-hand.
The weavers take centre stage. These are their stories. Listen and share.
Where Are The Baskets Made?