shop small: the baba tree basket company.
by victoria comment

6/16/20

shop small: the baba tree basket company / sfgirlbybay

i discovered this week’s shop small while browsing instagram, and their incredible baskets literally blew me away. these beautiful and very often way oversized woven beauties are from The Baba Tree Basket Company, a fair-trade company founded by Gregory ‘Ayinedollah’ MacCarthy who has been traveling to and living in Ghana where Baba Tree is located since 1999. Gregory first went to Ghana to study cultural drumming with the “Ga” tribe, who are based in the Greater Accra Region. while there he had the quaint idea that buying some beads and cloth, and reselling them in Canada would be a marvelous way of underwriting his drum studies. That was the illustrious start of Baba Tree which is headquartered in Bolgatanga in Ghana’s Upper East Region where a beloved team of endearingly dedicated employees create these handwoven masterpieces — from colorful bike baskets, to those oversized works of art (i’ve been envisioning them repurposed as lighting fixtures). arriving at Baba Tree’s compound every day are dozens, sometimes hundreds, of weavers — many of whom Baba Tree has employed for many years and their skilled artistry plays a significant part in Bolgatanga’s cultural development. for more inspiration from Baba Tree, be sure to follow them on instagram, as well.

shop small: the baba tree basket company / sfgirlbybay

shop small: the baba tree basket company / sfgirlbybay

shop small: the baba tree basket company / sfgirlbybay

shop small: the baba tree basket company / sfgirlbybay

shop small: the baba tree basket company / sfgirlbybay

shop small: the baba tree basket company / sfgirlbybay

shop small: the baba tree basket company / sfgirlbybay

shop small: the baba tree basket company / sfgirlbybay

shop small: the baba tree basket company / sfgirlbybay

• photography by The Baba Tree Basket Company.

9 responses to “shop small: the baba tree basket company.”

  1. Stunning! Absolutely, stunning! Just when you think you have “almost,” everything you could want, ha! All of the basket designs are just beautiful!
    Thank You!!!

  2. Wow, impressive! It’s more a work of art than an object to use, but beautiful enough to be considered a work of art I think.
    I saw a basket in this style in an article about an African designer in Dezeen but then really big, that made me want to collect some pillows and to lie down in it. And the colors are beautiful as well.

  3. I was fortunate to visit Ghana and see the collections of these beautiful baskets in the marketplace, I was thrilled.

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