Sunday, January 20, 2008
I've been seeing a number of web sites lately promoting African baskets; if their claims are true, you can do some good and get a beautiful basket at the same time.
Macy's has its Rwanda Path to Peace collection, which includes the stunning one above made of sisal and sweetgrass. [via Apartment Therapy]
Medina sells lovely baskets made in Moroccan villages from sustainable reed and palm leaves.
Equita brings us Bolga baskets from Ghana, made from locally grown straw. (You can find these at a number of other web sites, too.)
A Great Gift has these sisal baskets from Kenya. They're on sale, so they might not be around for too much longer. (But you can find sisal baskets from Kenya at other sites, too.) Update on August 29, 2010: A Great Gift is gone, and I'm not seeing these baskets anywhere else.
Sundance has these baskets from Tanzania, woven from a reed-like grass called milulu. (Unlike the other sites listed above, Sundance doesn't claim you're doing anything more than getting some great baskets when you buy from them.) Update on Julyn29,2011: Sundance doesn't have these any more, but you can find similar milulu baskets at Bamboula Ltd. And Canvas sells baskets that also look very similar.
Tiny Little Baskets
Two Beautiful Blue Baskets
Baskets: When Plastic Bins Just Won't Do
Baskets: Storage Can be Beautiful