Essentials Market Basket
Each of these baskets are completely one of a kind! The basket pictured in each listing is just a sample basket. You can always leave a note in your order letting me know your favorite colors and I will try my best to accommodate you!
SIZE: 6”-8” diameter & 5”-6” tall (not including the handle) Since each basket is handmade the size will vary slightly.
This product really stood out to me because of its practical beauty. As someone who strives to use unique items, these baskets fit my aesthetic quite well! Although the more I looked into it, the more I fell in love with the fact that it helps other women on the other side of the world, continue their craft and support themselves. So I thank you for supporting me and as a result supporting them.
Here is the story behind each of these baskets. When you purchase one of them, they not only add value to your making experience; but they also provide a much needed income for these families in Ghana!
Bolgatanga is the largest town in the Upper East region of Ghana, about 20 miles South of the Burkina Faso border and very close to the edge of the Sahara Desert. The sun roasts the villages of northern Ghana year round, except during the 2-3 months of rainy season when it rains, rains, rains. The people living there are traditionally farmers and herdsman, but with its variable climate farming is very difficult. Local women supplement the family income by weaving the baskets we refer to as Bolga baskets which are hand-woven using locally-grown straw.
Basket weaving has helped bring much needed income to the villages surrounding Bolgatanga. The traditional skill which has been handed down from generation to generation provides employment to approximately 10,000 people, mostly women. An average of two baskets a week can be woven by a woman who also has household chores, firewood collection, water collection, washing and the care of her children to tend to each day.