Woven Moses Basket

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The other Moroccan palm baskets are made with leaves from doum palm trees that line valleys and riverbeds in the south of Morocco.  They are an essential source of income providing dates, which is a growing export product for Morocco, as well as helping prevent soil erosion from the strong desert winds and they also help shade the crops and fruit trees that grow beneath them.  The trunks are used for house building and the fronds are then used to make baskets, mats, ropes, etc etc.  Our baskets are woven in villages about 2 hours from Fès in north Morocco.  

The palm leaves are woven into strips and the strips are then sewn together to make up the baskets. The palm is splashed with water during weaving to help make it more malleable which helps make a tighter weave.  Depending on the size, it takes 3-4 hours to make each basket.  

Approximate size: length x width of base x height

This product is handmade so there is likely to be slight variation with each one.