Baskets of Africa was founded in 2002 by Cael Chappell who began working in African Art & Crafts in 1991 and fell in love with the incredible artistry and creativity of African basket weavers. The focus of creating Baskets of Africa was to build awareness on the amazing weavers as well as their work. The one-of-a-kind baskets are all functional artwork and are woven only by local African craftspeople that share Baskets of Africa's commitment to top quality.
Baskets of Africa believes in promoting the weavers from various African nations in order to help the weavers (especially women) with economic development. Baskets of Africa believes that by weaving baskets in a traditional manner, the weavers of Africa are preserving their cultural heritage and advancing themselves financially. Additionally, Baskets of Africa always operates under a blanket of trust and respect with the weavers and craft co-ops we represent.
Moreover, as a member if the fair trade community, Baskets of Africa feels that their business offers the consumer a win-win situation: by purchasing one of their rare finds, the consumer not only gets a wonderful, hand-made basket for their home or business, they are also contributing to the preservation of African culture and helping a tribesperson become financially independent. It's a true economic partnership in every sense of the word.
We at The Fair Trader want to share our passion for fair trade by sharing "Shopping That Makes A Difference" with everyone. You can be confident that a significant percentage of your dollars will go directly to the artisans around the world who create your purchases. We are proud members of the Fair Trade Federation as well as Chicago Fair Trade.
1623 E 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: (773) 966-5269
Mon-Fri: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm