House of Talents
Asungtaba Laundry Basket
This basket's fashionable style and attractive color palette go well beyond simply holding clothing. The Asungtaba Laundry Basket is an item of utmost versatility, it is both sturdy and eye-catching. Great for holding clothes, blankets, toys or serving as all purpose storage, this basket is sure to turn heads and start a conversation.
One can easily note the dedication and care with which the artisans weave the veta vera grass comprising the basket. Why not add some color and world-class quality to everyday life?
Dimensions: 16"Diameter x 19"H
Care of Basket: To reshape: wet your basket (avoid getting leather handles wet as it will damage the leather), let it sit for a few minutes for it to absorb the water, then shape. Let dry thoroughly. Avoid prolonged direct sunlight - since dyes used are from mostly natural sources and without artificial sealants, they will fade over time.
Asungtaba means helping each other succeed in Frafra language, spoken in the community of basket weavers.
Evidence tells us that humans have been making and using baskets for as long as we can trace, making basket weaving one of the oldest art forms known. These ancient baskets were used for a variety of reasons, based primarily on the geographical needs of the weavers; those who lived near water created baskets to help with fishing needs, while people living inland wove baskets that aided them with harvesting, carrying, and storing grains.
The variety of weaves and materials used worldwide make for thousands of different types and styles of baskets; it has been said that baskets are a reflection of the diverseness found in the population today. Each individual weaver creates their own masterpieces with varying weaves, materials, colors, and patterns. The purpose for which the basket was woven also factors into the intricate designs; some are woven tight enough to hold water, while others are made with a more open weave.
Traditional basket weavers use materials they have at hand to create the baskets needed sustain their lives. The materials historically consist of natural fibers which can be found in the native environment. Examples of typical fibers include many varieties of grasses, vines, trees, and roots. Essentially, any material flexible and strong enough to withstand weaving can be used. Baskets vary not only across geographies and cultures, but also within the regions in which they are created, based on the creator and the materials available in the immediate area.
When the trading and selling of goods between distant lands became common, items to be traded or sold were stored in baskets to accommodate the many forms of transportation. Because these baskets traveled across seas and continents, weaving styles and designs were ultimately distributed throughout the world and shared across cultures; some were adopted for practical use, others coveted for their craftsmanship and attractiveness.
Just the same as ages past, baskets today are used for functional purposes and are also appreciated as forms of art. Many are collected and displayed simply for their beauty. True basket weaving is still done by hand, so it remains an art form: handmade and quite personal, carrying the artistic signature of the person who made it.
Whether you have baskets in your home to store and organize, or for the uniqueness and beauty, please enjoy them. Someone, somewhere has put much effort and artistic touch into your hand-made basket, and it is indeed, special and one of a kind.