Oval Date Palm Basket
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This well-crafted palm leaf basket will look lovely anywhere in your home!
Artisans collect palm leaves and separate the palm leaf fiber which they wash and leave to dry in the sun. It is then ready for weaving.
- Palm leaf
- 11"W, 5"H
- Handcrafted in Bangladesh
Meet the Makers:
Rishilpi, a nonprofit, nongovernmental development organization in southwest Bangladesh, was founded to improve the lives of people of the Rishi caste. "Rishilp" is formed from two Bengali words, "Rishi," denoting the caste, and "shilpi," meaning artist or craftsman. Rishi, traditionally leather workers, for centuries have lived at the margins of Bengali society. Generally landless, with no easy access to schools, many struggled in a continual search for work to survive. In addition to income generation, Rishilpi conducts relief and development work in rural Bangladesh communities. Benefits to artisans include education sponsorship, health care, microcredit savings programs and early marriage prevention support for their adolescent daughters. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Rishilpi Handicrafts Limited since 1983.