How Your Basket Is Made

Weaving is a way of life in Africa, and Ghana's Bolgatanga region is especially known for high-quality, beautiful baskets. The Frafra tribe has perfected its craft over generations, using baskets as a way to supplement farming income during the off-season.
The baskets we import are made with Kinkanhe (elephant grass), all-natural dyes and leather handles.
   
It takes about four months for our elephant grass to grow in an area called Teachman. We own the land it is grown on to maximize profit for weavers and ensure organic integrity.
After the grass is harvested, it is split, twisted and dried. From there, bundles are left in their natural wheat-like color, or dyed an indigo blue or vibrant candy-colored shade.
   
These pictures show the first steps of making a basket, when weavers begin coiling the base.
      
Progress is under way and this is one of our favorite views. Rays of sunshine.
Here, the baskets are almost complete. The remaining strands will be snipped and smoothed...
   
... but sometimes the grass fringe is left on for a stylish, uninhibited look.
   
Goat skin handles are added last, another specialty passed down from generation to generation.
   
Baskets take hours of patience and skill, and our weavers are proud of their work. You will be, too, whether you use a Ti-a basket for everyday living or to show your personal style.