These stunning African Bolga baskets are made by hand the traditional way In Ghana Africa. Each one is colourful, unique and authentic and we have three options for you. The small bolga basket is approximately 22cm and is big enough to store items around your home, you could use this for storing fruits in the kitchen or even your vegetables. The baskets are a great way to add a splash of colour and culture to your home.
Bolga baskets are traditionally made from discarded millet stalks, naturally dyed raffia but sometimes they are made from local grasses. Dried long elephant grass is usually available in bundles at African markets. This type of grass is flexible and strong allowing weavers to create the bespoke patterns. The baskets originated in a Ghanian town called Bolgatanga and even though these baskets were first made in 8000 BCE - Weaving is still to this day a traditional skill that the locals practice and use to make money. What makes the baskets special? They are made by hand and a basket typically takes about 2-4 days to make.
To make bolga baskets the straw is collected and split. All of the grass is gathered, it is rolled to add texture, it is naturally dyed to add colour, then the grass straw is weaved and once complete it has finishing touches added. The artisans who make these products design and choose the colours for each one individually which ensures you will have a product that is made just for you.
The medium Bolga Basket measure at about 32cm, and the large one measures at 40cm. Our largest basket would be suitable for organising kids toys or other items throughout the home. Each basket features detailed close weaving and strong leather carrying handles. if you have a specific design preference in mind, please reach out to us before placing an order and we will send you photos of our availability.
- Authentic Bolga Basket from North Africa
- Assorted designs
- Handmade, fair trade, eco-friendly and fun
- Perfect for organising items or as a fruit basket
Weight & dimensions
Size: H25 x L27cm
Product Type: African basket
Colour: Multicoloured / Mixed
Materials: Millet stalks, elephant grass or raffia straw and leather
Number of baskets included: 1
Theme: African handicrafts
Display type: Freestanding or hanging
Country of Origin: Africa