Our baskets support and respect the artists we buy from. The baskets are purchased direct from the makers and at fair market prices.
Every basket is hand crafted.
Our Bolga Baskets are personally purchased by Bashiri Director Simon in the satellite villages of Bolgatanga in northern Ghana. He has been working with the same weavers since 1997 and has established a successful ongoing partnership that employs over 30 locals and their families.
Let us introduce you to a few if the amazing artisans:
“I had two friends who knew how to weave. One thought me how to weave the round basket, and the other thought me the shopper basket.
I learned basket weaving because I needed a handicraft job to earn a living. I am a weaver and a farmer, I go back to farming in the wet season, after that I continue to weave till the wet season comes again the following year.
It was difficult for me to get money to take care of my children and their education, ever since I started weaving I no more find it difficult to provide for their educational materials.”
Elizabeth Akrogo Ayeti
“I was taught how to weave hats by my father. He only knew how to weave hats.
I saw others weaving something different from the hats, so I followed them to learn how to weave round baskets and shopper baskets.
The shopper baskets are harder to weave because of their U shape and height, the round baskets are easier easiest due to their round nature.
Weaving has changed my life a lot and is now my source of income.“
“Basket weaving is not part of my family’s tradition. None of my parents knew how to weave. I was taught by my elder brother, who learnt basket weaving outside our community.
I learnt so fast and I can now weave the oval basket, baby basket, laundry with lid, hamper, and the dog basket.
Ever since I finished senior high school I have been weaving, since I have no job at hand to earn money. I am able to take care of myself with the money I earn through weaving, and also bought a motorbike.”