Our large Bolga market basket is the quintessential farmer's market basket. This fair trade African basket is round with a single leather handle. It is about 16" in diameter and 9 1/2" deep, excluding the handle. Aside from being sturdy shopping totes, Bolga market baskets also make good laundry baskets and are well suited for storing and toting toys, beach towels, picnic and potluck food, and more.
If you order this basket, we will ship the exact one seen in the image. Only one is available.
To clean or shape a Bolga basket, simply wet it with cool water, clean and shape it as needed, and allow it to air dry. Store it away from direct sunlight to preserve the colors.
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, and the leather handles are made from local goat skin. 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.
About the brand: African Market Baskets is a small business located in Boulder, Colorado that works closely with weavers to ensure fair conditions and wages, as well as high quality products. It is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America, and donates 10% of its profit to Every Basket Helps, a non-profit working to alleviate poverty in northern Ghana.
Contact us if you're looking for larger quantities and/or different colors and patterns than what you see represented on our website. We often have inventory on hand that we haven't yet displayed on our website. We're always happy to assist customers with large orders and special requests.