A show-stopping oversized leather and rattan basket designed to hold absolutely everything you could want on the go. An all-rounder bag, perfect for use as a baby bag, carry on luggage, overnight bag, beach bag and everything in between.
Handmade in Morocco these beautiful baskets are made with leaves from doum palm trees that line valleys and riverbeds in the south. They are an essential source of income providing dates, which is a growing export product for Morocco, as well as helping prevent soil erosion from the strong desert winds and they also help shade the crops and fruit trees that grow beneath them. The trunks are used for house building and the fronds are then used to make baskets, mats, ropes, etc etc. The baskets are woven in villages about 2 hours from Fès in north Morocco.
The palm leaves are woven into strips and the strips are then sewn together to make up the baskets. The palm is splashed with water during weaving to help make it more malleable which helps make a tighter weave. Depending on the size, it takes 3-4 hours to make each basket.
They are then collected and taken to seamstresses near Casablanca for the leather (a by-product) handles to be sewn on. The twine for sewing the handles is pulled through bee’s wax to make for smoother stitches through the leather and palm leaves. The sewn handles are just as strong as metal rivets but have the added advantage of not going rusty in our damp climate!
NB: They don’t mind getting wet as long as they’re allowed to thoroughly dry out because the palm will become mouldy if left damp.