If you're looking for a mid-sized market style African basket, the medium Bolga Market Basket is a good choice. It is round with a single goat skin handle and is a practical shopping basket when you just need a few items. It is also a nice size for harvesting vegetables. This versatile basket is 14" in diameter 9" deep, excluding the handle. We sometimes ship our Bolga baskets flattened to save on shipping costs, and if so we'll include shaping instructions. It's quick and easy!
If you order this basket, we will ship the exact one seen in the image. Only one is available.
Aside from being durable shopping totes, medium Bolga market baskets serve well as 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, and allow it to air dry. You should wet the basket about once a year to hydrate the straw and keep it supple. Store it away from direct sunlight to keep the colors vivid.
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.