NAMNAM: Handcrafted Midnight Blue & Natural Bike Basket
Give those two wheels an instant upgrade with the beautiful NAMNAM bicycle basket. Designed in-house by The Basket Room, this striking bike accessory is primarily black, with a bold diamond pattern revealing a natural grass background.
The very thing for picking up flowers at the local market and days out pedalling through the countryside, our woven bicycle baskets are spacious enough to store all your books and stationery, your picnic lunch, or your gym kit and trainers. Equally impressive as a front basket or as a pannier attached to the rear of your bike, the AYME can also be secured to stairway bannisters as a chic storage device, as well as bathroom towel rails and cots. Each bike basket is a work of art - taking up to three days to weave by hand - and is made from wild veta vera grass. This indigenous grass is hand-rolled and dyed in boiling water before it is ready to be woven by a skilled member of our partner weaving cooperative in Northern Ghana.
Most weavers in the Northern Ghana cooperative are agricultural workers, though relying on a season’s rainfall makes for an 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 bicycle baskets you become a part of this story.
Each bicycle basket comes with a thank you card from the weaving co-operative that made yours. Want to know more about the people behind the baskets? Meet the weavers here.
Material: VETA VERA GRASS & LEATHER
Dimensions: W29cm x D18cm x H22cm (approx)
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.
FAIR TRADE & 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?