PANGO: Natural Lidded Storage Baskets
When you buy one of these fabulous woven baskets you become a patron of a vital, income-generating craft: basket weaving. We partner with a network of village cooperatives in Tanzania to bring these PANGO storage baskets to The Basket Room.
Ethical, beautiful and practical too, these stylish lidded baskets make ideal home storage for the kitchen, the bathroom, the fireside and the nursery. In their homeland of Tanzania, these woven baskets are used for storing cooking staples like maize, onions and potatoes. The reeds used to produce these woven storage baskets - milulu grasses - are often found in swamps and riverbeds or grown specially for basket weaving.
The income generated from selling their woven baskets helps weavers pay their children’s school fees and family medical bills, and buy school uniforms. Earnings from this essential second income can also help families make home improvements, and invest in livestock and poultry.
Not only this, but profits from basket sales are reinvested for business development. From solar lighting and kerosene lamps to plots of land and new warehouses. The cooperative committee leaders also organise frequent product development training as well as healthcare education.
Material: MILULU GRASS
XS: 12-14cm DIA x 10-14cm H
S: 15-20cm DIA x 15-17cm H
M: 22-25cm DIA x 18-20cm H
L: 26-30cm DIA x 22-25cm H
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE AND HANDMADE IN TANZANIA
Our Tanzanian woven baskets make use of the country’s versatile milulu grass and celebrate the extraordinary weaving skills found amongst the people working within its network of village cooperatives. These fair trade baskets represent true sustainable style and ethical production.
These weavers – and all the weavers we partner with - are paid a fair and pre-agreed price for each basket they produce for us. The individual, depending on their skillsets and their availability for work, can choose their own volumes of work. Being able to work from home means that weavers – mainly women - can fit weaving in with their existing jobs and chores, and no income is lost travelling to sell at markets where haggling can reduce earnings considerably. Working as part of a weaving cooperative means that the business comes to them, and regular training is given so that the group can keep abreast of market trends, and stay competitive.
These woven baskets are familiar utility items in Tanzanian homes, woven to hold foodstuffs primarily. They find their place all over the modern home, bringing bags of ethical style and natural beauty to the kitchen or bathroom, living room, the utility room and the playroom.
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Wonderful small basket.
Totally brilliant. The baskets are beautifully made and a joy to have