“Oh, that is beautiful! Where did you get that basket?”
is what you get asked when toting your basket around and about. You can buy Bolga baskets here.
A lot of people have asked us how the baskets are made.
This is how it works. Our producers cut recycled, plastic water sachets into strips, then they twist the strips into twine.
Two producers twist plastic into twine in the shade of a mango tree. The producers twist plastic and cloth on the soles of reused rubber flip-flops (thongs for Australians, slippers for Ghanaians). The background in this picture also shows the need for trees!
Then another producer cuts recycled wax print fabric and cloth into strips and twist it into twine.
Then another producer, a skilled weaver, weaves the plastic and cloth pieces together into a beautiful RECYCLED Bolga basket. You can see a basket partly formed, below. This is a sample of our new, rectangular picnic baskets.
Here is a producer working on a “modern” style, recycled Bolga basket in our founding village in Bolgatanga. You can see pieces of plastic and cloth sticking out. This is how the basket looks before it’s tidied up. However, some customers have requested us to leave these pieces sticking out! This producer is working on her first basket for G-lish Foundation in this photo.
And the finished product. Gorgeous, green (metaphorically!), and generous from all of us involved–producers and customers both!
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