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All About Baskets! {Product Spotlight}

When I registered for wedding gifts with Seven Hopes, it’s possible I went a little too far with the baskets. I’m willing to admit this now. I couldn’t help myself; there are so many styles to choose from on the site! I love anything woven and colorful. If it’s a basket I can use to hide my piles of “stuff” and make it look like I have any semblance of organizational skills, all the better!

These baskets can be used for a playroom, bathroom (what? toilet paper needs a pretty home too), or even your living room or bedroom. Sturdy enough for books, bankets, or anything else that needs its very own resting place, they’re perfect for any area of your living space! Your husband might ask why you need 14 of them, but then nobody promised marriage would be perfect. :)

I listed some of favorites below:

Pink Woven Storage Basket: Made in Senegal, this stylish piece also comes in aqua. Wolof women in rural Senegal have been crafting coil style baskets for generations. While traditional baskets were crafted using cattail stalks bound with strips of reed, modern baskets are bound with strips of plastic either recycled from old prayer mats or purchased new from a mat factory in Dakar. Isn’t it fabulous?


Yellow Herringbone Garden Basket: See, I didn’t even list “garden” above, but hey—use this one in your garden! Hand woven by the Wolof women in rural Senegal as well, these brand-new beauties serve to generate income to provide food, shelter and educational materials for Senegalese homes.


Graphic Lidded Hamper: Fair trade craftswomen weave these beautifully simple laundry hampers from typha stalks (cattails) and recycled plastic. If your hamper is stylish and gorgeous, then that makes your laundry stylish and gorgeous too, right? (Yep, even your running socks.)


Yellow Lidded Warming Basket: This colorful little container is a perfect way to gift homemade rolls or cookies. Wipes clean inside and boasts a beautiful woven pattern outside!


Mini Bolga Market Basket: This mini African market basket was handwoven by artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana. Each mini market basket is beautiful and unique, designed with a sturdy leather handle and a thick base, perfect for use as a farmers market basket or for your “mini me” who wants to be just like mom and dad.


Which is your favorite? Check out the rest here!



Fair Trade Baskets! {Product Spotlight}

Basket 7If you’re anything like me, you have loads of stuff sitting around your house. Stuff that would be useful right next to you when you need it—such as warm blankets on chilly nights. However, I often keep warm blankets thrown in the closet so as to keep my house as tidy as possible. Same goes for TV remotes (which we have about 18 of, and I don’t know how to work any of them), etc.

So, how about purchasing a lovely variety of our Seven Hopes hand-woven baskets instead? In all sizes and colors, these gorgeous catch-alls will hold magazines, pet toys, towels, and more. We even have a beautiful selection of baskets made especially to hold your laundry. Now there’s a chore that could use a little color and fun infused into it, right? A brightly colored hamper can only help that situation!

See my favorites, below, then head to the “For the Home” section of our Website to start shopping!
Basket Collage

About the origins of some of these stunning baskets:

{Wolof women in Senegal, West Africa, weave the beautifully simple traditional African baskets from a local grass called njodax and plastic strips used to make bazin mats. Weaving fair trade baskets provides an important source of income for Wolof families in this part of Senegal.}

{Some of the featured baskets are handwoven by artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana. Each bolga basket is beautiful and unique, designed with a sturdy handle and a thick base, perfect for use at your local farmers market or on a picnic. A great fair trade gift that gives back to the artisans who created it.}

Check out each individual basket in the shopping section of the Website to learn more!