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Genuine Bolga Basket Handwoven in Ghana Africa – Size Small

$25.00

About:

I’m super excited to be offering these gorgeous, genuine, hand-made Bolga baskets woven exclusively by the indigenous Gurune, also know as Frafra people, around the town of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana, Africa.

They are available in 3 sizes AND YOU WILL BE RECEIVING A SIZE SMALL:

SMALL: Approximately 6-8.5 inches Across X 4-5 inches Tall (plus handle)
Round Bottom, Round Top, Single Handle

1 in stock

Description

I’m super excited to be offering these gorgeous, genuine, hand-made Bolga baskets woven exclusively by the indigenous Gurune, also know as Frafra people, around the town of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana, Africa.

They’re available in 3 sizes, small, medium, and large.

YOU’LL BE RECEIVING A SIZE SMALL IN COLOR SHOWN (Purple + Orange):

SMALL: Approximately 6-8.5 inches Across X 4-5 inches Tall (plus handle)
Round Bottom, Round Top, Single Handle

MEDIUM: Approximately 9-13 inches Across X 6-9 inches Tall (plus handle)
Round Bottom, Round Top, Single Handle

LARGE: Approximately 13.5-18 inches Across X 8-11 inches Tall (plus handle)
Round Bottom, Round Top, Single Handle

I am provided with a variety of colors but cannot choose specific colors, I get what I get and they’re all unique which is what I love the most. The quality and attention to detail is just AMAZING!

Shipping to me is VERY expensive which means I have to add this cost onto the price of the baskets. I try to keep my profit as low as possible. You will receive your basket out of shape due to shipping. You simply need to wet the basket (not the leather handle) and then reshape your basket and allow to dry. If possible, let the basket dry outside. Some of the dye may come off and stain your clothing.

The People:

Bolga is the crafts center of Northern Ghana. For many generations, weaving has been a traditional skill of the people there. Handicraft activities such as basket weaving, leatherwork, and pottery making, mostly done by women, supplement these subsistence farmers’ incomes. Farming in the region can be precarious due to poor soil, erratic rainfall, and harsh conditions.

Fair Trade Practices:

This weaving group has a mission: assisting the rural people of Northern Ghana to earn a better income in order to care for their children. They believe when a woman creates an income, she puts food into the bowl of her children, which promotes self-esteem for the women, children, and the entire village.

Creation Process:

Weavers collect Veta vera straw, which is at the top of the grass known locally as linkage, leaving the grass roots in the soil to regrow. Then each piece is split in half vertically. Each half of the split straw is then strengthened by rolling it into a tight twist.

The straw is put in bunches and dyed in boiling water. For bright colors the straw is dyed yellow first, then the color.The selection of the proper grass for various parts of the basket is critical for good weaving.

Weaving starts at the base and works up to the rim. The rims are generally finished flat, or wrapped with straw to form a tube-like edge. Remaining bits of straw that are sticking out of the basket are carefully trimmed. There are a variety of different handles, but all are made with a sturdy wrapping technique around a grass core.

Leather handles are skillfully applied by local leather workers.

A medium basket takes about 3 days! Some shapes and patterns are more difficult to weave and take longer.

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Additional information

Weight1.9 oz