Behind the Design: Bolga basket-weaving is a quintessential Ghanaian craft hailing from the country's northern Bolgatanga region, where artisans use local elephant grass to create handwoven bolga baskets. To start, the artisans soak the grass in water and twist the strands together in small bunches to make them more durable. Next, the artisans hand-dye the grass or start weaving, beginning at the base of the basket and working their way up to the rim. The baskets are then topped with a handle, accented with sustainable faux leather, or adorned with cowrie shells, which are symbolic of destiny, prosperity, and strength. The cowrie shell was considered particularly valuable by various tribes in West Africa who used the shell as a form of currency until the early 20th century. The shells were so treasured that Ghana named its current currency (the ÒcediÓ) after these marine mollusks.
- 100% elephant swamp grass
- organic cotton wrapped handle
- small cowrie accents
- 9" x 16" x 7"