Large Mini Round Market Basket
Sizes and colours vary Approx 30 cm in dia
The baskets are woven from elephant grass, which grows abundantly in this region of sub-Saharan Africa. The tough nature of the elephant grass, together with the skilful weaving technique of the artisans, passed from generation to generation, makes these individually woven baskets strong, durable and flexible. The majority of the grass is hand-dyed using traditional natural dyes made from plants and minerals as well as non-toxic fabric dyes to achieve contemporary colours. The natural grass is boiled in the dyes in cast iron or aluminium vats before being sundried. The handles of the baskets are covered with cured leather or rubber (vegan) for reinforcement.
As our baskets are made from all natural fibres, they are best kept in a well ventilated room.
HOW TO SHAPE YOUR BASKET. Hold the handle and push out the basket from the bottom centre with your other hand. Wet the entire basket with cool water. This can be done easily by running under a tap or filling a bathtub or deep sink. Immerse the basket in the water, up to just above the coil (rim).Shake off the excess water. Let the basket sit for a couple of minutes to allow water to penetrate the straw. Push the basket back into shape. To get a flat bottom, finish the shaping process by pushing the base against the floor while holding onto the coil. Allow to dry outside in the sun or under a fan undisturbed.
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