How to Reshape your Baskets Upon Arrival

A handful of the baskets carried by Virtuous Handicrafts require reshaping once they have arrived.

Those baskets typically include the Bolga Baskets, from Ghana and the Tamaduni Baskets from Kenya. So, why do we ship them flattened? It is to cut down the cost of shipping from the weavers to the US, and then to you, the consumer.

Our talented weavers live where the grass used for the baskets is prevalent and easy to manipulate once your basket has reached its final destination, your home! 

Below are some steps and suggestions for getting their baskets to their desired shapes! I promise it is easy and simple!

 

Here we go!

All you need to do is lightly mist with water and reshape by hand! 

 

But first....

To reshape my basket I am going to take it into my bathtub area ( or a sink will work) along with a spray bottle filled with some lukewarm water. Prior to using any water, I am going to reshape by hand and start working the woven basket into the desired shape. 

 

I then....

Lightly mist the creased sides and start to manipulate it into the desired shape. This may take a couple times to finally get it to the desired shape.

Be sure to let it dry between mistings to ensure the colors do not bleed! 

As a word of caution: DO NOT OVER DAMPEN! Over dampening may result in the colors bleeding! 

 

In addition...

To misting the creased sides, I am going to "fill" the basket to help encourage the desired shape.

To encourage the round shape, you can use towels to plump up and fill the basket while it dries.  

I will leave it like this for a few days and if I still have some creases, I will lightly mist again and leave filled to encourage the shape. The end result will be a reshaped and round basket!

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, comment below or email me at info@virtuoushandicrafts.com

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