Bolga Basket Shaping and Care Guide

Posted by Mandy Abel on

Oh, the places you'll go!

We are so excited to bring you these sweet round bolga baskets - just perfect for any kind of adventure!

Beautiful and durable, they are hand-woven from the elephant grass which grows in the rich flood plains of the White Volta near the village of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana. 

We receive these baskets flat packed from our supplier and send them onto you in the same way - but they are very easy to reshape yourself at home. This method also works wonders on any other basket which is made of soft fibres (such as jute or hogla grass, etc) that might get out of shape. Here's what to do:


SOAK THE BASKET - This can be done in a sink, bath or bucket - simply submerge in fresh water for two minutes to allow the fibres to soften. If your basket has a leather handle, keep it above the water line.

SHAPE THE REED - The reed becomes malleable when soaked. Gently form the basket into the shape you desire. We find that a round and symmetrical finish looks the best.

LEAVE IT TO DRY -  Once you’re happy with the shape simply leave it to dry in the shade, either on a towel or somewhere with good drainage so that water doesn’t pool underneath (which will slow down the drying process). If possible, hanging works best.

ENJOY! These lightweight, sustainable vessels are just waiting for little hands to take them exploring! Fill them with pebbles from the river, take them to the farmers market as an eco-friendly carry all or forage for blooms in the garden - adventure awaits! 

Bolga Basket NZ
Check out our video shaping guide for a visual demo!


✧ A little clear shoe polish or leather conditioner will keep the leather handle in great condition

✧ A quick reshape of the basket every now and then will keep it looking like new

✧ Avoid overloading with heavy items to ensure a longer lifespan


We LOVE seeing our pieces in action - tag us on Instagram so we can see and share your adventures! ❀

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