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Behind the Basket

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Our baskets are made by an amazing group of weavers in a village in Africa, the group consists of both men and women who have developed this skill and art form which has been passed down from generations. They are also now passing it down to their children in hopes of creating a lasting legacy that will benefit their children. 

It is important when purchasing items from other countries that you ensure they are Fair Trade. It is very important to us here at Plum and Sparrow and it was one of the first standards set in place here. Being supporters of Fair Trade means that we are able to give back in more ways than just one. 

10% of every basket purchase made at Plum and Sparrow is given back to the African village weavers. But because we want to support the weavers and their families in more ways than just one, we work together with our supplier and non profit partner to provide additional aid to their communities. Your purchase helps these weavers and their families in a number of ways including family healthcare and schooling to young children.

We want to make sure that the weavers are not only being treated with respect but also being paid a fair and equal price. Sadly, other basket weavers and shops do not abide by these standards which is why it is so important to us to let you know that when you purchase one of ours, we have a Fair Trade guarantee. 

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How are we different?

We value the skill of the weavers, who have been weaving these baskets for generations, and to keep the tradition alive, we don’t direct the weavers to produce certain color patterns.  They have the creative freedom, as the true artists, being inspired in their own way to produce these pieces of art. Often, the color combination comes from what materials are readily available to them resulting in a true one-of-a-kind item, not replicated or mass produced, that will forever be apart of your home.