Senegal Extra Large Blue Stripe Hand Woven Grass Basket with Lid
Basket weaving is a popular handicraft in Africa. The Wolof people in Senegal are known for weaving colorful baskets from locally harvested cattail stalks and strips of plastic. They weave handmade baskets of different sizes and shapes over banter and shared laughs. These groups of women empower themselves and their tribe through the practice of this traditional craft. Using it as an avenue to provide supplemental income to their households while still doing their daily household duties as wives and as mothers.
In the rural areas of Senegal, the Wolof people are a thriving community of hard-working artisans and farmers. Usually, the men are farmers, locally growing and producing grains like corn and rice for export. In contrast, the women turn to handicrafts like basket weaving and making homeware. Wolof Tribe is the largest ethnic group in Senegal and they make up about 43% of the population. The Wolof tribe are vastly Sunni Muslims.
Dakar, Senegal's capital city, is filled with many craft markets and artisan groups like the Wolof Women. The Wolof women are strong-willed and independent women, who are challenging patriarchal norms by becoming income earners in households. The Wolof women bond over a mutual interest to eradicate poverty and provide better opportunities for their younger ones.
This coil style of basket weaving has been practiced in Senegal for generations. The technique has been preserved by Wolof girls learning the craft from their mothers and aunts. Traditionally, Wolof women crafted baskets by binding thick local grass with thin strips of palm frond. Palm fronds were difficult to work with and were hard on the weavers' hands. In time, large needles and strips of plastic were introduced as new and improved basket weaving materials. This simple change in material greatly reduced discomfort during the weaving process. Today's Wolof baskets reflect this merger of traditional crafting techniques with contemporary materials. The Wolof women weave colored baskets, Islamic prayer mats, and basket bowls.
We provide a collection of beautiful handmade baskets from Africa, woven by the Wolof people in Senegal. Our Senegalese baskets are colorful, decorative and practical. They are produced with high-quality materials that are sustainable and long-lasting.