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Large shopper, approximately 50cm wide at brim, 35cm wide at base, with bands of light golden-brown. At 26cm deep (42cm deep including handles), this bag is perfect for trips to the market, a day at the beach or just for day to day use.
Please note, this is an example photo and the shopper you receive may differ slightly in appearance, as each is handmade, and therefore unique.
These beautiful, genuine, Fair Trade Basket Shoppers are handmade by skilled artisans in Bolgatanga, in the northern region of Ghana. Taking around a week to make, it is often the female villagers who use the abundant veta vera (or elephant grass) to weave, using traditional methods. The grass is picked from the top, leaving the stalk, meaning it’s a sustainable source of vital supplementary income for this subsistence farmer population. Goat leather is hand tanned and dried in the sun and then skillfully attached around the handles.
We ensure the talented workers are paid a fair wage to make these stunning, durable bags. Each is unique, differing in size, shape and pattern.
Due to their handcrafted nature, imperfections and blemishes may be present, but reflect their back-story and authenticity. The dying process means the colour of your bag will evolve over time. If you wish to maintain its colour, keep away from sources of bright light.
Should you wish to reshape your bag, simply soak or spray with water for 30 seconds (avoiding the leather handle). Shake off the excess before shaping to your preference by hand and leave to dry.
To echo the biodegradable and environmentally sustainable nature of these bags, all packaging is recyclable and made from recycled or biodegradable goods.
Keep bag away from all heaters, fires, flames, stoves, fireplaces campfires or sources of heat.
Please note; it is important never to leave a baby or child alone with a basket, as they are not designed as toys. Due to their handmade nature, natural materials, natural and commercial dyes used, the baskets SHOULD NOT be put in the mouth. Regular inspection should be made to ensure no parts have developed sharp edges, or broken into smaller pieces (which could pose a choking hazard), or become damaged in another way.
We cannot guarantee that the basket does not pose a risk to children if used in an inadequate way. Therefore, ALWAYS supervise your child when playing with the basket.