large floor basket #1
Made from all natural materials and woven in Bolga, Ghana, by incredible artisan weavers from an ethical and socially minded producer, these unique African baskets are a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of their makers.
These extra large floor baskets appeal to the discerning buyer who appreciates the sometimes challenging journey and story behind the creation of such beautiful pieces. A gorgeous piece of home decor, each basket is totally unique and may vary slightly in size.
Handmade in Ghana
So where does the wonderful name of this basket come from? ….well, the usual dowry paid as a bride price in the Upper East region of Ghana is two cows. Jemima Akologo, who was the first person to weave this style of basket in Bolgatanga, rightly decided that she was worth way more than two cows, so she decided on ten cows. Girl power to Jemima.
Know The Origin
Gregory ‘Ayinedollah’ MacCarthy first went to Ghana to study cultural drumming 20 years ago and has been traveling to and living in Ghana ever since. His mission is to help the people of the Gurunsi tribe in Upper East Ghana to help themselves. He doesn’t believe in charity, his people kick ass and are doing it for themselves, they are incredibly industrious and work joyfully. They are paid fairly for each basket and in addition receive a commission for each piece sold. Dozens, sometimes hundreds, of weavers; men, women, children (after school and on the weekends) arrive daily at the compound eager to get to work. Many have been working with Gregory for years and are supported with health care and school fees. There are many inferior quality and cheaper African baskets which may get to market via unscrupulous means. These baskets are expensive and rightfully so, they are the best quality Bolga baskets on the market and their makers must be compensated fully for their artistry if Bolgatanga has any chance of developing.