MOROCCO

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CLUTCH HANDBAG £25.00
PALM LEAF SUN HAT £24.00
PALM HANDLE BASKET BAG £20.00
BERBER MARKET BASKET £21.00
SMALL BERBER BASKET BAG £22.00
BABY FRENCH BASKET £10.00
SMALL FRENCH BASKET £21.00
MEDIUM FRENCH BASKET £23.00
LARGE FRENCH BASKET £26.00
DOUBLE HANDLE BASKET £28.00
BIG DOUBLE HANDLE BASKET £44.00
LONG HANDLE ZIP BASKET £39.00
COLOUR HANDLE BASKET £21.00
ROUND HANDLE BASKET £22.00
LEATHER TRIM BASKET £34.00
LEATHER TRIM BUCKLE BASKET £35.00
LONG HANDLE LINED BASKET £33.00
BACKPACK BASKET £49.00
BABY SEQUIN HEART £16.00
BABY SEQUIN STARS £16.00
STARFISH BASKET £36.00
SEQUIN BANDS BASKET £43.00
BABY MAIZE BASKET £11.00
TOY STORAGE BASKET £38.00
SMALL LOG BASKET £26.00
LARGE LOG BASKET £31.00
TWO BOTTLE OBLONG BASKET £24.00
MEDIUM LEATHER TRIM BASKET £31.00
LARGE LEATHER TRIM BASKET £35.00
MEDIUM LONG HANDLE BASKET £29.00
LARGE LONG HANDLE BASKET £32.00
GINGHAM PICNIC BASKET £40.00
SET OF 3 ROUND TRAYS £18.00
SMALL STORAGE TRAY £9.50
WASTE PAPER BASKET £19.00
REED FOOT STOOL £34.00
GIANT FLORAL LINED BASKET £42.00

African Market Baskets from Morocco

dwarf palm growing wild in Atlas Mountains of Morocco

In Morocco, there are three main countryside areas for basket weaving; the Atlas Mountains, the region around Fez and the coastal region near Essaouria. Each area has a distinctive weaving style, with reed or palm leaves used to create the baskets.

Some of our baskets are woven in the Atlas Mountains. Dwarf palm plants flourish naturally in the sewing palm leaf strips into Moroccan natural straw basketsarea, they are not cultivated, and only the young stalks are picked to use for weaving. They are laid out on the ground to dry in the hot sun during the summer months. The dried leaves are woven into long strips which are then sewn together to make the basket - starting at the base centre.weaving palm leaves into rounds to make African natural baskets The rim has a slight dip in the weave where it is attached to the final round.  It takes 3-6 hours to weave each basket in the weavers’ home - the more complex and larger the style, the longer time required.

If any embroidery, cotton lining or sequin patterns are required in the style, the baskets are taken to different areas where local seamstresses complete the necessary work.

The leather handles and trims are either goat or cow hide - the end product once the meat has been taken for food. The leather is either left plain, or darkened using cooking oil, or dyed.  Strong twine is rubbed in bee’s wax to ensure smooth stitches can be made through the leather and palm or preparing leather handles to sew on to French shopping baskets from Moroccoreed baskets.

The leather work on our baskets is sewn on by a family of four sisters and a mother-in-law who all live in the village where the baskets are stored. The ladies work at home, enabling them to earn money while caring for their families.

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GHANA

African market baskets, lightweight but hard wearing in beautiful colours and patterns.

OBLONG BASKETS

Strong and free standing, made with reed from Morocco and last for years.

SHOPPING BASKETS

Lightweight and strong, with cotton lining or drawstring, no need for a plastic bag.

BEACH BASKETS

Be chic on the beach or use as fabulous storage with these large baskets.

CHILDREN'S BASKETS

Little baskets for little ones - or a wonderful present filled with goodies.

ZIP HANDBAGS

Handbags with zip fastenings to keep everything safe and carry over the shoulder.

GIRAFFES

From Madagascar, made with
straw and raffia - guarantee a
smile.

HOUSEHOLD

A range of items for the home or office.

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Grab a bargain - frequent changes with end of line or seconds on offer.

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