The Baba Tree Basket Co has been preserving the culture of baskets and the Gurunsi community in Bolgatanga for the last 15 years. It’s here that an exquisitely woven Baba Tree community of over 250 artisans practice a time-honoured weaving technique using elephant grass and their very own “rhythm and flow”. Each basket comes directly from the hands of the artisan weavers collaborated with - energetic, colourful, purposeful. Each luscious curve is the handprint or signature of the weaver who has expertly handcrafted your basket, celebrating the unique differences in each and every piece.
Founder Gregory MacCarthy started weaving stories with baskets a few years after he first took steps in Ghana in 1999 with the significant understanding that good design can and will change people’s lives. The Baba Tree Basket Company continues this ongoing commitment to the artisan weavers they collaborate with through the progressive creation of sustainable jobs, fair and meaningful work and true social impact in the local community. Africa is the fastest growing continent.
Already they have seen so much positive change and progress in their time on the ground in Bolgatanga, a remote town in the Upper East Region of Ghana.. otherwise known as ‘’the city of baskets’’! Their original desire to celebrate the creativity and excellence of the Gurunsi people has never felt more significant as they continue to focus on creating income earning opportunities for the Gurunsi artisans they collaborate with and a global marketplace to celebrate their incredible craftsmanship. Honouring local basket traditions and creating exciting forms with the oldest craft in the world is what they do best!
New patterns, techniques and dye materials emerge over time as Baba Tree continue to innovate, evolve and understand better the elephant grass their weavers so exquisitely weave by hand. Evolution of their products are never rushed to market, but slowly developed to be useful, beautiful and ethical. Their design and development team work closely with their Master Weavers to ensure the authenticity and incredible quality of all their basketry. Weekly workshops, skills training and the weavers own enthusiasm and innovation enable their basket mastery to be celebrated and sold all over the globe.
Made from all natural materials and woven in Bolga by Baba Tree's incredible artisan weavers. These are genuine Baba Tree Round Baskets.