Busunu Natural Woven Shopping Basket
These carry-handle market baskets come in three handy sizes and are produced by The Basket Room in the Bolgatanga area of Ghana. All are made from Veta Vera Grass which grows wild locally and is incredibly robust when woven - a stylish and sustainable alternative to plastic.
The Basket Room is Fairtrade brand, working with small craft collectives in Africa.
Most of the weavers who produce these woven basket bags are men, having been taught the art of basket weaving from their own mothers and fathers. Most of these men are farmers first and foremost, but the dry seasons make it increasingly difficult to make a reliable income from the land. Basket weaving brings these people the opportunity to earn a flexible second income.