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Seaside Senegal Woven Basket

Seaside Senegal Woven Basket

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These beautiful oval African baskets feature stripes in varied shades of green against an aqua blue background, creating a beautiful ocean-inspired colorway. They're a perfect way to blend storage and art in any room of the home. Handwoven in Senegal, the artisans combine traditional craft and modern style for a truly unique storage solution.

Responsibly sourced and thoughtfully crafted with cattail stalks and recycled salvage plastic by Fair Trade artisans in Senegal. The baskets are tightly woven and will last for years to come with little to no maintenance.

Artisan Story

HANDWOVEN IN SENEGAL

"Wolof women take pride in their craftsmanship and ability to help provide for their families using this traditional skill."

This coil style of basket weaving has been practiced in Senegal for generations. Traditionally, Wolof women created baskets by binding stalks of cattail grass, a thick local grass, with long strips of reed. Though reed strips could be harvested locally, they were very hard on the hands of the weavers. About 20 years ago, an idea revolutionized Wolof basket weaving.

A factory in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, creates mats using salvaged plastic strips that strongly resemble the reed strips. Using the plastic strips to replace the sharp natural material, conditions for the weavers drastically improved and the baskets began to burst into vibrant colors.

Among the Wolof, basket weaving is traditionally a women’s craft. Often the men from families in rural Senegalese villages must work in major cities or abroad, and send money back to their families. The women supplement that income by weaving baskets. Often their children are nearby as they weave, Wolof girls beginning to learn the skill from their mothers and aunts from a young age. Wolof women take pride in their craftsmanship and ability to help provide for their families using this traditional skill.

Handicraft Details
  • Sustainably handmade
  • Origin: Senegal
  • Composition: Cattail stalks, recycled salvage plastic
  • Color: Aqua blue, green, natural
  • Dimensions: 16-17"L x 14-15"W x 10"H

    Home Care: To lightly clean a Senegal basket, simply wipe with a damp cloth to clean the plastic. To reshape a Senegal basket, apply gentle pressure to achieve the desired shape. For example, a large hamper may start to lean slightly over time; you can reshape it by laying the basket on its side, removing the lid, and gently pressing with both hands. We do not recommend wetting or saturating your Senegalese basket. The thick coils of grass are likely to mold before they fully dry.

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    And, you can feel good knowing that every purchase you make positively impacts the artisans. Nourishment, health, education, and dreams for a bright future—your purchase holds so much hope.

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    For every purchase made at Cultured West, we will donate $1.00 to support NEST, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) supporting the responsible growth and creative engagement of the artisan and maker economy to build a world of greater gender equity and economic inclusion.

    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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    Please keep in mind that handmade products do have slight variations, which is a natural occurrence of artisan handmade treasures. That means no two designs will be exactly the same, giving you a truly unique and original piece.

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