These beautiful handmade baskets, which are called Bolga baskets, are made by artists in a small village in Northern Ghana called Bolgatanga. They have been made there for decades, providing a livelihood for many local families. Bolga baskets are made out of a natural grass known locally as Kinkanhe. Some of the grass is dyed with vibrant colors and is woven into intricate patterns to make the basket. The handles are wrapped in leather, making them comfortable for a child to carry. There are countless uses for these wonderful handmade baskets. Patterns vary, most are colorful displaying different geometric patterns. Fair Trade. Baskets are 6-9 inches across.
We are listing the Child's Bolga Baskets individually by size, color and design type. The Large baskets are 7-9" or more in diameter, sometimes we call a basket Large because it is super deep. The Medium baskets are 6-8" in diameter. The Small baskets are 6" - 7" in diameter. Measurements are taken at the top rim and are all very approximate. Almost all baskets have some natural color in them, it will be listed as "N". Baskets are either Checked ("C"), have Wide Horizontal Stripes("WHS"), Horizontal Pinstripes("HPS"), Vertical Stripes("VS"), or a Complex Pattern ("CP") which may be a combination of all of these plus more. (see examples of the patterns in the first two pictures below) We will list up to 3 colors, if there are more, they will be called Multi with Pink or Multi without Pink. Pick one that's right for your child! Sorry the list is so long, we like to give you options!
Please Note that the Number in front of the description is for our store purposes only. THERE IS ONLY ONE OF EACH PATTERN ! IF YOU LEAVE A BASKET IN YOUR SHOPPING CART FOR A FEW DAYS, IT MAY BE SOLD BY THE TIME YOU PURCHASE IT. PLEASE CHECK TO SEE THAT THE NUMBER OF YOUR BASKET STILL SHOWS THE SAME COLOR AND PATTERN WHEN YOU GO TO PLACE YOUR ORDER!
These baskets are perfect for children to carry their lunches to kindergarden or grade school. With a cloth napkin tucked over the top, items rarely fall out.
Fair Trade in Africa (for making Bolga Baskets):
- Use sustainable, local Kinkanhe straw in all of our baskets.
- Families use 100% of the goats that provide leather for the baskets.
- Practice Fair Trade principals. We strive to create environmentally conscious, community sustaining and economically advantaged conditions for all of our employees and partners.
"Sonya, Thank you so very much for your help making my daughter's first Easter and Birthday truly special. The bolga basket is beautiful, just perfect for her wooden "Easter" eggs. The little mushrooms are so cute too! We will be using the basket as our "nature table" and for picnics as well. I know we will get so much use out of it and I know I'll be ordering a few more! As always, it's a pleasure shopping with you and your personal help is so appreciated. I will return again and again for all the special occasions in my daughter's life! Tori, Conroe, Texas, 4/3/06"
"We absolutely love the Spring silk set and her basket and eggs. They are beautiful and Gracie loves them. It is nearly Halloween and she still plays with them." Jessica F., 10/27/09"
"A belated thank you for the baskets, and for sending them out so quickly (the same night that I ordered them! wow!). They are the perfect size and so bright and cheerful. My kids adore them and have put them to the test with rocks and dirt and worms already. Last year, my four-year-old son loved to pick vegetables from our garden, and I never had a good basket for him - but now I do, both for him and our two-year-old! I really appreciate your personalized service and help - not like your typical mail order at all. I will be sure to tell my friends and family about you and your store. thank you again, so much. iona, Saratoga Springs, NY 5/1/2011"