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Raven Veta Vera Lace Weave Basket Set

Raven Veta Vera Lace Weave Basket Set

By Swahili African Modern

Regular price $169.00
Regular price Sale price $169.00
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Through programs that support the wellbeing of artisans both in the United States and globally, Nest is bringing radical transparency and opportunity to the informal handworker economy.

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These beautiful open-weave lace nesting baskets make storage beautiful in any room of the home. Handwoven from durable veta vera grass, otherwise known as elephant grass, these timeless baskets are stylish and made to last. Ideal for home storage, organization, potted plants, or anything else your heart desires. The possibilities are endless.

Weavers use an airy lacework design to create this coveted set of nesting storage bins. The all-natural grass can be wet and reshaped whenever desired. Sold as a set of three nesting baskets. Because these are handcrafted items, each may vary slightly.

Features
  • Available as a set of 3
  • Measurements (approximately):
    -Small 10.5"L x 10.5"W x 10"H
    -Medium 12"L x 12"W x 11.25"H
    -Large 13"L x 13"W x 12"H
  • Crafted from: Veta vera grass (elephant grass)
  • Color: Black
  • Ethically made in: Ghana
Artisan Story

Tradition of Basket Weaving in Ghana
Starting from a small woven circle, Ghanaian basket weavers work their way out from a central point to reveal beautiful, distinctive Bolga baskets. Sometimes called “market baskets,” Bolga baskets are woven from veta vera, or elephant grass. While the grass is grown primarily in southern Ghana, weavers in the northern region of Bolgatanga excel at transforming the tough grass fiber into the iconic baskets. The people from the region rely on the sale of handcrafted items to supplement their income, and their craftsmanship is demonstrated by the high quality of these artfully woven baskets.

The weaving of Bolga baskets in Ghana has been a traditional skill for many generations, and is often a communal process. The Bolga baskets sold by Swahili Modern are fair trade and a reliable source of income for weavers and their families. Just as the baskets begin as a small circle and expand, so does the impact of purchasing fair trade items that directly benefit, support and empower the artisans who create them.

Handwoven with Care
Durable Bolga baskets are hand-woven and stand the test of time. Stalks of elephant grass are split, and twisted before the weaving process even begins. The grass is then often hand-dyed to create vibrant colors and intricate patterns. Lastly, the many fibers of grass that fan out from the finished weave are carefully trimmed and tucked away to reveal each beautiful basket.

Brand Story

Swahili exists to create positive exchanges between African artisans and people around the world. Swahili is dedicated to African artisans; their skill, determination and sharing spirit.

Artisan Advancement
We believe that hardworking African makers, producers and export agents should be the architects of their own personal success. Swahili serves to extend a maker's channel of trade from local tourist markets to the global retail gift marketplace. Artisans who craft products for export work from the comfort of their own homes and communities, so the payment received is not be reduced by traveling expenses, childcare costs and haggled prices.

Fair Trade
Swahili is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, a group of like-minded companies and organizations that adhere to:
-providing fair payment to workers in developing nations
-educating makers and workers to increase their potential for advancement
-ensuring the rights of children
-developing products and processes that protect and conserve the natural environment
-promoting fair trade as the standard in commercial exchanges

Conserve
Swahili works with producers across Africa who value their natural environment and employ sustainable methods of production. Makers utilize materials fully by converting scraps into salable products. Our partners excel at incorporating recycled, reclaimed and highly renewable materials in product design, and at isolating new sources of low-cost materials.

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