You'll find us in the latest Bailgate Independent telling its readers all about 'the ladies'! Here at 86 Bailgate we offer handmade functional goods from local, British and international artisan makers including our lovely Senegalese baskets which have an extra colourful story all of their own.
Sisters Elizabeth and Emma supply the baskets to the shop; Elizabeth is based in London and Emma in Senegal, allowing her to directly work and negotiate with ‘the ladies’ as we like to fondly call them. Talented and dedicated, the Senegalese ladies weave with meticulous attention to detail from their homes in villages near Thies in Senegal. The skills are shared and passed down through generations. Emma works directly with them, and ensures they are paid a fair and secure income. Elizabeth lets us know when she has new stock in so we can get a good choice for you.
The baskets are beautiful; if you pop in we will point out which of the baskets are made by the ladies in Senegal (one other Fairtrade supplier is also used). There are Ali Baba laundry or storage baskets; striped flat lidded baskets in blue or pink plus smaller lidless (and lidded) baskets for wastepaper, kindling etc; large oversized trays for fruit, newspapers, bread etc. The table mats will be back in stock soon plus oval baskets are expected as well as coasters.