WAA-A: Natural Lidded Picnic Basket
Please note: the lids are slightly ill-fitting on our remaining stock, but the baskets are fit for purpose!
Picnic time! The WAA-A picnic basket is ethically handwoven in Northern Ghana, featuring a woven lid and carry handles. We have two handle variations to choose from, both perfectly adequate to transport your picnic favourites! Pack yours up with tasty treats or take it fruit-picking or shopping at your local market in the spring and summer. And the rest of the year? Use your woven picnic basket for home storage: think sewing and knitting supplies, larder storage, loo rolls or toys!
Natural, undyed and produced from an indigenous grass called veta vera, this woven picnic basket is a work of art in itself and will bring a dash of ethical style to any home.
The majority of the weavers who produce these picnic baskets are men, having been taught the craft of basket weaving from their own mothers and fathers. Most of these men are primarily farmers, but drought makes it increasingly difficult for families to make ends meet. Basket weaving brings the opportunity to earn a flexible second income.
We search far and wide to discover the very best weaving cooperatives across Africa, and we’re delighted to be offering more work to these talented weavers as our collection expands to include these fabulous picnic baskets.
Material: VETA VERA GRASS
Dimensions: W43 x D29 x H28 cm (approx)
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs. Please refer to photos for handle variations.
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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