Bongo - Bolga Baskets
Header image: Ghana - Burkina border, near Bongo. Minibus, loaded with Bongo Baskets, passing the border to Burkina Faso. Bong-Bolga baskets are now traded worldwide.
These baskets are exclusively woven by the indigenous Gurune (also known as Frafra) people around Bolgatanga, the capital of the Upper East region of Ghana. (See also Bongo, for more information's)
Bolga is the crafts center of Northern Ghana. For many generations, weaving has been a traditional skill of the people there. Handicraft activities such as basket weaving, leather work, and pottery are undertaken mostly by women to supplement their incomes since they are primarily subsistence farmers. To handcraft a medium basket takes about 3 days. Some shapes and patterns are more difficult to weave and take longer. The sales price for the larger baskets, abroad, is about $35 - $40. (See the middle picture). This one takes about 6-7 days to craft. Usually the people have to buy the material, and after all, the price archived is just a very little income.
See below map of Bongo centre.
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