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Bolga baskets are made simply with natural veta vera grass and no dye. Perfect to store children's toys, to use as a planter, or simply as an attractive storage solution.
Please note, this is an example photo and the basket you receive may differ slightly in appearance, as each basket is handmade, and therefore unique. These are plain, natural coloured baskets. We also stock bolder coloured baskets too. These are individually listed.
These beautiful, genuine, Fair Trade Bolga Baskets, or “Tehei” are handmade by skilled artisans in Bolgatanga, in the northern region of Ghana, from which they take their name. Taking around three days or more to make, it is often the female villagers who use the abundant veta vera (or elephant grass) to weave, using traditional methods. The grass is picked from the top, leaving the stalk, meaning it’s a sustainable source of vital supplementary income for this subsistence farmer population. Goat leather is hand tanned and dried in the sun and then skillfully attached around the handles.
Wicker and Weft ensure the talented workers are paid a fair wage to make these stunning, durable baskets. Each is unique, differing in size, shape and pattern.
Due to their handcrafted nature, imperfections and blemishes may be present, but reflect their back-story and authenticity. The dying process means the colour of your basket will evolve over time. If you wish to maintain its colour, keep away from sources of bright light.
To reshape your basket, simply soak or spray with water for 30 seconds (avoiding the leather handle). Shake off the excess before shaping to your preference by hand and leave to dry.
To echo the biodegradable and environmentally sustainable nature of these baskets, all packaging is recyclable and made from recycled or biodegradable goods.
Keep basket away from all heaters, fires, flames, stoves, fireplaces campfires or sources of heat.
Please note; it is important never to leave a baby or child alone with a basket, as they are not designed as toys. Due to their handmade nature, natural materials, natural and commercial dyes used, the baskets SHOULD NOT be put in the mouth. Regular inspection should be made to ensure no parts have developed sharp edges, or broken into smaller pieces (which could pose a choking hazard), or become damaged in another way.
We cannot guarantee that the basket does not pose a risk to children if used in an inadequate way. Therefore, ALWAYS supervise your child when playing with the basket.
Please note that we generally suggest using our UPS delivery option if you want to track your order. We automatically post via Royal Mail first class and therefore CANNOT guarantee delivery times or track after dispatch. In addition, if you leave a note for us to state a 'safe place' we are in no way responsible for post men/ladies leaving it in the wrong place or for any lost parcels.
UK Mainland - Delivery time 2 - 5 working days
Delivery is calculated by weight at checkout and all orders below £40 will automatically be sent via Royal Mail Second class.
Option of choosing UPS 24 Hour Service (UK only) = £7.50
Option of choosing Rolled Gift Wrap = £6.00
FREE DELIVERY ON ORDERS OVER £40 (order will be sent via Roayl Mail First class delivery or UPS dependent on weight.)
EU countries - Delivery time 5 - 10 working days.
USA and Canada - Delivery time 5 - 14 working days.
Where order value is between £0.01 - £19.00 = £15.00
Where order value is above £19.01 = £20.00
Because we make our products in the UK in small batches we cannot guarantee to permanently carry all the items in stock. If an item is out of stock, we will quickly advise you of an anticipated delivery date and offer customers the option of a refund. We try and ship all non-personalised items within 3 days. For most packages we are using Royal Mail second class service as our standard delivery option. However, during busier periods we do send first class in order to meet our delivery timings specified above.
UK TERMS ONLY:
- If you are not in for delivery, a card will be left with details so that you can arrange a collection/redelivery.
- If this happens and your item is not collected from the postal/courier depot – or if redelivery is not arranged with the carrier – causing it to be returned to us, we will need to charge you to ship it again.
- We will not be held liable for any loss caused by late delivery so do let us know if you need your order by a certain date. Please contact email@example.com as soon as possible if your item does not arrive when expected.
Although we hope that you are delighted with your order, we understand that sometimes you may wish to return some items. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 days of receipt. We will gladly offer you an exchange, refund or credit note as long as the goods are intact.
Exchange only: Once you have alerted us of your return please wrap the items very securely and use insured registered delivery, keeping the receipt in case of any loss or damage in transit. We cannot accept liability for goods lost or damaged during return to us. If the product has not been returned to us in fully saleable condition, we reserve the right to refuse a refund on the item.