The basket making process.
The basket are made using elephant grass( Pennisetum pupreum)
The process began by harvesting tall elephant grass from the local field.
Each piece of dried elephant grass is split in half vertically, then twisted together to give strength and durability. The straw is bundled together, then dipped into boiling water and natural dyes to gain it vibrant colors. It’s left to dry for 24 hours.
This technique of weaving originated in Ghana by the Frafra’s from the Northern part of the country Bolgatanga. Basket weaving started as a means to supplement income of the Frafra’sdue to the area’s dry soil paired with erratic rainfall and harch weather conditions.