Nature and color mix in this sweet storage basket you'll want for your desk top or kitchen. Handwoven by women artisans in Nicaragua, this rectangular basket is constructed using fallen pine needles, bound into tight coils with colorful threads sourced from the local market. Each is a unique work of art, and your purchase helps preserve a timeless artistic heritage.
- Pine needles & thread
- 9.5" x 7" (24 x 18 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from Nicaragua
Nicaragua's state of Chinandega lies along the Pacific Ocean, with miles of beaches rising into dry coastal hills covered with pines.
The women of El Cerro, a tiny community near the town of Cinco Puntos, have turned these pine trees' dropped needles into a creative craft. Under the leadership of Yeiba Guevara, 30 women gather and clean the dropped pine needles, then weave them together with threads and ribbons to create baskets, boxes, and even magazine holders, hats, and purses!
The weaving process is simple, but the execution and skill involved truly make each piece a work of artistry. Through selling their pine needle crafts, the women are able to bolster their families' incomes and send their children to school. The artisans constantly develop new designs to appeal to international audiences, ensuring that El Cerro's coastal pines will continue to provide more than just shade to the people who live there.
Great little basket! It holds napkins on our kitchen table, no quite the size but they fit nicely & the colors are bright. I love the idea is handmade & is fair trade product!!
Love this basket. I actually keep it in bed next to my tissue box, so I can have my lip balm and eyedrops very handy, and also something to pop my glasses into when I start getting sleepy! And I LOVE the way it smells, like pine needles! Want more, which they came bigger!
Very nice craftsmanship! Beautiful colors, looks just as pictured.