Revive the charm of your Aketekete handwoven basket
Whether it's flattened from shipping or regular use, reshaping it is a breeze. Our collaboration with Aketekete's artisans brings you an easy technique to restore your basket's original beauty in just a few steps.
About the baskets
Handcrafted by skilled weavers from Ghana's North, these baskets are woven from veta vera grass, carrying generations of expertise and cultural exchange. Each basket is a testament to a meticulous process that spans 3 to 10 days, involving twisting, dyeing, and weaving. This ensures that every piece is one-of-a-kind, reflecting the artisan's touch and celebrating the richness of Ghanaian culture.
Upon receiving your Aketekete basket, you might find it slightly flattened due to shipping. No worries, though – reshaping your basket is quick and easy.
Let us show you a little trick!
Note that the process does not hurt the basket in any way, as they are very durable and flexible. You will only need:
- A bucket with water (or a sink)
- Your crafty hands
Follow these steps:
- Dampen the basket inside and out with water where it seems affected.
- Gently mold the basket with your hands, recreating its original form.
- Allow it to air dry in a well-ventilated area, avoiding direct sunlight.
- To maintain its shape during drying, consider placing newspaper or kraft paper inside.
Ready to witness your basket's transformation? With this straightforward technique, your Aketekete basket will regain its distinctive shape, showcasing the skill and dedication that went into its creation.
Taking care of your basket
While veta vera grass is a very durable material and your basket can last for years, we advise using a normal brush to clean your basket. We strongly recommend avoiding humidity, direct sunlight, and dust.