Pot baskets are exclusively woven in the Bolgatanga region in Northern Ghana. They are made from elephant grass, a tropical grass that grows in the African grasslands. Elephant grass is dyed, dried, twined and woven into a basket. Grass straws are carefully selected by the weaver before weaving. It takes 3 days to weave a pot basket. Due to the handcrafted nature, each basket of the same style may vary by a few inches.
Indigo cotton napkins are made by a traditional technique called resist handblock printing or Dabu printing. In resist handblock printing, cloth is printed with a mixture of mud, tree gum, wheat powder and lime, and sprinkled with saw dust. The cloth is then dried and dyed indigo. The cloth absorbs the indigo dye except where the fabric is printed with the mud mixture. When the mud is washed, it reveals the indigo dyed fabric showcasing the mud pattern with fabric's natural color.
Set of Colorful Trivets from Uganda
Trivets are made using natural and locally available materials such as banana leaf stalks and raffia fibers. Natural and dyed raffia fibers are hand wrapped around dried banana stalks to form a pipe like structure. This pipe is then coiled to create a trivet.
Kaisa Grass Baskets from Bangladesh
Kaisa is a sturdy wild grass that grows along the riverbanks in Bangladesh. When kaisa grass is dried, it changes color from natural light green to tan. The dried kaisa grass is woven to make baskets.