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Fruit & Flowers Basket

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This basket beckons us to imagine the smiling face of a child reaching for a cookie or piece of fruit. There are memories to be made as you gather fresh flowers from the garden or valley fields with a loved one.

Approximately 12’" - 13’’’ diameter x 6" tall

Bolga baskets are bold, bright and beautiful! Hand-woven with veta vera grass, commonly called ““Elephant Grass,”” native to the region. The families of the Bulgatanga area are rural farmers who struggle with agriculture due to the geographic area’’s erratic rainfall pattern and harsh weather conditions. Bolgatanga literally means ““soft soil, rocky land,”” The soil is not fertile enough for extensive agricultural pursuits. Bolgatanga is also known as the crafts center of northern Ghana, with a large central market where crafts are bartered. Weaving has been a traditional skill of these people for generations. The handicraft activity of basket weaving is undertaken by women to supplement their incomes from subsistence farming activities to pay for their children’’s educations.

It takes approximately three to four days to weave one standard Bolga basket; this does not include collecting and preparing the materials. The straw is gathered, split, twisted, untwisted and dyed before weaving begins. The handles are covered with home-tanned goats’’ hide.

These baskets are made to hold tremendous weight; they are wonderful for garden produce, books, newspapers, magazines, sewing materials AND GENEALOGY!

Each basket is a unique one-of-a-kind work of art. Basket displayed in picture is not the exact basket you will receive, you will receive one of similar style, color cannot be guaranteed. Your purchase of this unique one-of-a-kind basket helps support the women craftspeople and children of Northern Ghana. Ghana is considered one of the most deprived regions of Africa, the women and children become the worst victims of the vicious cycle of poverty.

 

$45.00

Product Code: BasketsMed-ABB018

 

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