Trade Principles

We believe in supporting and respecting the artists we buy from, doing business at local and fair market prices. We get to know each artist and supplier personally, establishing rapport and learning about the pieces they create before  purchasing.

Our relationships with these artists and suppliers are strengthened by our annual visits. We believe this mutual loyalty and respect fosters good karma and results in these wonderful products being created with greater pride, respect and care.

Our Bolga Baskets are personally purchased by our Director Simon in the satellite villages of Bolgatanga in northern Ghana.

We have been working with the same weavers since 1997 and have established a successful ongoing partnership that employs over 30 locals and their families

As we trade directly with the artisans there is not a certificate per se, even though the trade conditions match those of certified programs.

 

Hand Made and Eco Friendly

All our baskets are individually hand woven by our creative friends in Ghana.The art of basket weaving is a hereditary profession handed down from one generation to the next.

The raw material “elephant grass” grows abundantly in the low-lying flood plans around Bolgatanga in northern Ghana
It is a 100% sustainable natural material.

The grass is harvested, dried and finally boiled to dye.
The weavers split each length into two then roll it to give it more strength.

Each weaver has their own special techniques.

Baskets may take 3 days to one week to make depending on the size, design

and intricacy of the patterns.

We are in awe of the artists that weave these unique baskets and love the

relationships we have established with our weavers.

 

 

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Simon Fraser, Director.