I must confess to a slight obsession with baskets – I have them full of all manner of things around the house and my annual trip to Mallorca rarely involves me returning without woven goods. Well, now I have a new collection to covet. I’ve been eagerly waiting for the launch of La Basketry, a venture between sisters Tabara and Mamy to bring Senegal’s traditional colourful baskets to a wider audience. La Basketry’s gorgeous baskets are handwoven by a network of artisans in Senegal from grasses and strips of coloured plastic.
The debut collection features a range of storage bowls in popping colours, £25 each – my favourite is the Anna, above. They’re ideal for all those tiny toys that tend to be left lying around on the floor and will instantly make even the most garish plastic (Shopkins, anyone?) look vaguely stylish. Keep an eye out for future additions, including laundry baskets (straight onto my wish list). It’s a social enterprise, too, enabling the women weavers to provide food, shelter, education and healthcare for their families and creating much-need job opportunities in rural areas. What’s not to love?