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The Art Of Basket Weaving

Almost every basket on planet earth, is made completely by hand. Think about that for a second...

Oftentimes, people will look at a basket and think “Oh, that’s nice.” While they may think it’s sturdy or it has nice colors or a cool pattern, they may not think about the incredible amount of time and energy someone poured into that craft to make it a reality. Baskery is most definitely an art. It’s a skill that is passed down from  generation to generation. Each basket, no matter how big or small — somebody sat there and carefully, skillfully wove those fibers together by hand. They made sure it was the right shape, size and that the lid fit tight and wouldn’t fall off.

Building a school in Senegal, our mission, isn’t just about young women learning a technical so they can have day jobs. It’s about women learning modern skills so they can have enterprises of their own that sustain their families. The skills they learn at a technical school will help them develop and grow a business doing something they love. It gives them choices and opens an entire new world to them.

And in the spirit of marrying together amazing things — the baskets, artisans and education —We are so proud to bring handcrafted African products into the Western consciousness. And so proud to continue supporting the women who make these products that we share with you.