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These giant baskets can hold laundry, plants, toys, or they can stand alone as the sculptural beauties they are. Handwoven from elephant grass by female artists in northern Ghana, each basket takes a week to create.
Approximately 59-61 cm x 40-46 cm
*Please expect slight variations in shape and size due to the handmade nature of this product.
Made by hand with elephant grass
ABOUT THE MAKER
Twenty One Tonnes is a celebration of traditional craft and global style. Based in Vancouver, Canada and Los Angeles, USA, partners Chessa Osburn and Mary Jane Bolton are drawn to objects that are at once ancient and modern, functional and aesthetic. Striving to create in a way that supports tradition and sustainability by working with artists to create quality handmade products with local natural materials. Collections are therefore limited, and no two products are exactly alike.
The baskets are made by The Sirigu Women's Organization for Pottery and Art, a non-governmental organization based in northern Ghana. It was "established under the visionary leadership of Mama Melanie Kasise in 1997 as a vehicle for empowering the women of Sirigu to revive dying traditional artworks and enhance their incomes". SWOPA's goals include providing skill training to local (particularly vulnerable female) youth, offering opportunities for women to develop and express their individual and cultural identities, improving women's income situation, and offering an "opportunity for women's solidarity."