Did I need another basket? Are you kidding? Sure. In the process of clearing out and reorganizing, baskets always come in handy, but I probably have enough to sink the proverbial ship already.
But this one I couldn't pass up. It's large. It's sturdy. It's beautiful. And it was handmade by Amopoka Atanbire in Ghana for the Blessing Basket project, an amazing project founded by an amazing person with an even more amazing story.
A friend is in the process of opening a new business in town and managed to become the first distributor of these baskets in our state. Of course, in my small way, I needed to support her, right? But, after becoming familiar with the hope this project brings to the artisans involved....I need to help support them, too.
Do I 'need' a purple basket? And maybe a green one? And I think they might come in black and white. Definitely need one of those. What about RED? A smaller one would be handy. (What do you think? would I really use a market size one??)
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(Those ARE Japanese furoshiki wrapped gifts in the African basket, with a skein of British wool on the bottom -- setting in my house in the USA. A fine example of international relations.)