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MEDIUM BOLGA BASKET £39.00
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twisting the straw together for strong African market baskets from Ghana weaving round African baskets from Bolgatanga, Ghana

African Market Baskets from Bolgatanga, Ghana

These gorgeous baskets come from the area around Bolgatanga in northern Ghana, hence being known as Bolga baskets.

dyeing straw for Bolga baskets from GhanaThe veta vera straw is collected from the top of the grass stalks, then  split in half vertically before being rolled back together in tight twists to give it strength. Bunches are put into boiling dye and then dried.adding leather to the handles of Bolga baskets in Ghana

The weavers select the best straw for the various parts of the basket and start weaving from the base, working up to the rim which is then woven horizontally around to create a tube like edge.

carrying dyed straw before weaving African market baskets in Ghanasewing leather to the handles for African market baskets from GhanaBits of straw are left sticking out during the weaving process and these are then trimmed off at the end. A large round basket can take up to 3 days to make - longer if the design is more complex.

The handles are made with the strongest straw pieces before the leather is skillfully applied.

The round baskets were originally made without handles and used as sieves during the brewing process of an alcoholic drink created for important occasions.

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