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Basket basket market basket with leather strap short handle made from palm leaves

Medium French Market Basket Short Leather Handles from Basket Basket

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Basket Basket
Regular price
£27.00
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£27.00
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A few essentials

  • Basket Basket 
  • Medium French market basket with leather handles
  • Handwoven
  • Short strong leather handles
  • Handwoven with sustainable palm leaves and strong short leather handles.
  • Approximate size: length of top 52cm x width of base 16cm x height 32cmA classic 'French straw basket' - perfect for shopping or the beach or chic storage around the home. Once you've owned one, you'll never be without one!

Mon Pote’s take on this 

We love stocking a wide range of sustainable baskets.  These beauties from our newest basket supplier Basket Basket and are a great addition to the range.  Baskets can be used as a handy park or beach bag in summer but make sure you keep one of our recycled cotton throws at the bottom for quick and easy picnics, grassy rest stops or jsut something to sit on at the beach or on a walk.    In the cooler months, use them in the home to store throws, rugs, cushions, toys, newspapers or shoes.  Or whatever you choose to use it for - it's your lovely basket and will be with you forever. 

It's all in the details 

Basket Basket source their baskets from Moroccowhere they are are made with leaves from doum palm trees that line valleys and riverbeds in the south.  They are an essential source of income providing dates, which is a growing export product for Morocco, as well as helping prevent soil erosion from the strong desert winds and they also help shade the crops and fruit trees that grow beneath them.  The leaves are used to make baskets, mats, ropes, etc etc.  Our baskets are woven in villages about 2 hours from Fès in north Morocco.  

The palm leaves are woven into strips and the strips are then sewn together to make up the baskets. The palm is splashed with water during weaving to help make it more malleable which helps make a tighter weave.  Depending on the size, it takes 3-4 hours to make each basket.  
They are then collected and taken to seamstresses near Casablanca for the leather handles to be sewn on.  The leather is a by-product from meat production (cow).  The twine for sewing the handles is pulled through bee’s wax to make for smoother stitches through the leather and palm leaves.  We have always requested the sewn handles, they are just as strong as metal rivets but have the added advantage of not going rusty in our damp climate!
NB: The baskets don’t mind getting wet as long as they’re allowed to thoroughly dry out because the palm will become mouldy if left damp.  People have commented on the finish of the palm leaf baskets at the rim - there is sometimes a bit of a dip, this is not a fault it’s how the final strip of the plaited palm is attached to the lower strip and part of the handmade process.