One of my favorite online shops for toys has to be A Toy Garden. They offer such a wide array of carefully picked toys, and enjoyments for children of all ages. For years, I have eyed the gorgeous Bolga Baskets that are carried on the site. What's a Bolga Basket you ask?
These beautiful handmade baskets, which are called Bolga baskets, are made by artists in a small village in Northern Ghana called Bolgatanga. They have been made there for decades, providing a livelihood for many local families. Bolga baskets are made out of a natural grass known locally as Kinkanhe. Some of the grass is dyed with vibrant colors and is woven into intricate patterns to make the basket. The handles are wrapped in leather, making them comfortable for a child to carry. There are countless uses for these wonderful handmade baskets. Patterns vary, most are colorful displaying different geometric patterns. Fair Trade. Baskets are 7-9 inches across.These baskets are perfect for children to carry their lunches to kindergarden or grade school. With a cloth napkin tucked over the top, items rarely fall out.
Fair Trade in Africa (for making Bolga Baskets):
- Use sustainable, local Kinkanhe straw in all of our baskets.
- Families use 100% of the goats that provide leather for the baskets.
- Practice Fair Trade principals. We strive to create environmentally conscious, community sustaining and economically advantaged conditions for all of our employees and partners.
My daughter uses her as a doll bed and also to pick her clothes before school each night. It has become her purse, her kitchen gathering toy etc. It has endless possibilities and she just loves it. They can easily be reshaped by making them a little moist.
Instead of boring your kids with any old Easter basket, why not Bolga Baskets? A Toy Garden has kindly offered for one lucky Product Mommy reader to win one Child's Bolga Basket (color subject to availability). Enter now to win!
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