Basket Case II
Have you been tuning in every Tuesday to catch Amy Merrick's "Living In" series over at design*sponge? Each week she is assembling really lovely groups of products inspired by favorite books, movies, artists, and restaurants. In short, finding accessories and furniture that might help the reader capture the essence of a film or novel and bring it into her own home. So far Amy has covered movies ranging from Annie Hall to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
When Amy focused on Out of Africa, she came up with an appealing mix that included authentic Fair Trade African baskets. Her post prompted me to hop over and see the complete collection of handmade wares at Baskets of Africa. Styles representing many areas of the continent are available and the array of colors and patterns is terrific. Prices range from roughly $16 to several hundred dollars.
To search LACMA's African collection, click here. Visit Macy's to explore African offerings in the Shop for a Better World collection. And to see examples of American sweetgrass baskets, a craft the grew out of African traditions, click here.
Credits: 1. Zulu Wire Basket; 2. Zulu Wire Wrap Bowl; 3. Zulu Ilala Palm Basket. All from Baskets of Africa.
Let's hope that soon Amy talks about the worn tufted sofa in Jane Campion's Bright Star.