Our beautiful baskets are hand woven in small villages of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, a tradition passed down in private homes from generation to generation. Each basket takes 3 to 8 hours to weave, depending on size and style. They are woven out of renewable resources, including water reeds and date palm leaves, which grow abundantly in the region. The leather is treated using an all-natural process (either dyed and oiled or painted) in larger cities, such as Marrakech. After the baskets are woven, they are collected and brought to a more central location where the leather is sewn on by hand. Because each basket it hand woven, each is 100% unique! Variations are to be expected and treasured. For this reason, all measurements are approximate and are intended to be used only as a guide in choosing your basket.
Baskets are sturdy, strong, and flexible. If properly cared for, your basket will live a long life. It's easy to care for your basket. If it needs to be reshaped, which is sometimes necessary after shipping, get the basket wet, put something heavy in it to hold the shape you want, and let it dry. It is okay to get your basket wet (baskets LOVE water)! If your basket gets dirty, use a little gentle soap and water and scrub gently. If the leather gets dirty, clean with a little gentle leather soap. Be sure to let your basket dry thoroughly after it gets wet to prevent mold - in the sun is ideal.
You will find lots of uses for your French style market baskets and will probably wonder what you used to do without them! We use ours for trips to the farmers market, weekends away, trips to the grocery store, the gym, the beach, the cabin, boating, the pool, picnics, to hold magazines, to store my daughter's books and toys, as a laundry basket, and to carry files and a laptop (I'm sure I'm forgetting something!). My friends who have bought baskets use them to hold hockey gear, to carry granite samples (my builder friend), to store knitting stuff, and to carry fabric samples (an interior designer). The possibilities are endless!