If you're looking for a mid-sized market style African basket, the medium Bolga market basket is a wonderful choice. It is round with a single reddish-brown goat skin handle and is an ideal shopping basket when you just need a few items. It is also a nice size for harvesting vegetables. This versatile basket is 11"-12" in diameter and 7"-8" deep, excluding the handle. Each one comes with a hang tag with information about fair trade Bolga baskets as well as a care card. You can choose your basket from the options displayed here, and you will receive the exact one shown in the image. Alternatively, you can select the "We Choose, You Save 10%" option, and let us pick your basket for you. You will save 10%, and will receive a high quality basket that we haven't yet had a chance to photograph and display on the website.
The price shown is for a single basket. Each basket is one of a kind, so you can only order one of each basket shown in the image.
Aside from being great shopping totes, Bolga market baskets also make great harvest baskets, picnic baskets, and Easter baskets. To clean or re-shape a Bolga basket, simply wet it with cool water, clean and shape it as needed (use mild soap only), and allow it to air dry. You should wet the basket about once a year to hydrate the straw and keep it supple.
Our fair trade Bolga baskets are made in the Bolgatanga region of Northern Ghana in West Africa. Bolga baskets are among the best known African baskets because of their versatility and durability. They are woven from elephant grass, which grows abundantly in the area. The leather handles are made from local goat skin, and the dyes are produced from minerals and vegetation. The basket export industry is a critical source of income for the weavers, especially when harvests are poor. Bolga baskets are also sustainable products, and their production has a minimal impact on the environment. Last but not least, buying an African basket helps traditional craftsmanship to flourish.
Please note that when multiple Bolga market baskets are ordered we may on occasion flatten them in order to minimize the number of parcels being shipped. If this happens, simply wet the baskets when you receive them, shape them, and allow them to air dry.