Slow Baskets

Posted by Laura Paulisich on

From the makers: The humble basket is as old as humankind. The weaving of natural plant fibers to create a vessel for the storage and transport of food, clothing, seeds and all manner of goods, makes baskets both eco-friendly and supremely practical. 

Baskets are made by artisans throughout Morocco and woven from locally available and sustainable doum palm, reed and alfa grass. The fibers are woven into long strips which are then stitched into 2D or 3D forms such as mats, baskets, lampshades and decorative objects. 

Slow is handmade; perfectly imperfect wares crafted slowly from natural materials locally sourced. Pottery, basketry, weaving are processes as old as human time, containers for storage and carrying, cloth for warmth and protection. Goods made by hand bear the character of their creator, the nuances and eccentricities integral to each piece. We yearn for meaning in our lives, and the connection felt in owning a unique item made using centuries old techniques by an individual human being has increasing value in our fast-paced world.

We believe in fair trade, we treat everybody we meet as we would expect to be treated ourselves and our relationships are built on trust, respect, equality and friendship. As a company our aim is to elevate the status of artisanal craft and those who produce it. In Marrakech we have established our own workshops to improve the living and working conditions of our partners.

The astounding beauty of simple utilitarian objects, skillfully crafted using the most basic of tools and locally sourced natural materials, is simply awe inspiring. The repetition of movement; stitching, weaving, plaiting, forging, have an almost meditative quality as hand and eye become one with the tools and materials. The patience and human kindness of the artisans continues to be the greatest guide and most humbling joy.



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