Double Steamed Wicker Two Person Picnic Basket
Length 41 cm x Width 31 x Height 21 cm
Double Steamed Wicker two person picnic basket made from full buff willow. The basket is lined with a green tweed fabric and has leather strap fastening and hinges. There is a strong leather handle on the front of the basket, this becomes the top as you carry the basket like a suitcase. The china plates, stainless steel cutlery and bottle opener are all strapped inside the lid using leather straps. The lid is held in place with a leather buckles, and has chains to stop it folding completely backwards. The body of the basket is lined with the same tweed fabric made into a cooler bag with a zip top. The champagne glasses are stored inside the cooler bag. Keep the glasses cool along with the food and wine (or champagne).
Willow baskets are very versatile. These are much hardier and can be used outside as they will survive in all weathers. Usually a stronger weave, they are very sturdy and solid. Grown in fields and by river banks as willow, the branches are stripped of their outer layer and usually treated before weaving. The end product is well suited to carrying weight although the baskets themselves are lightweight. Buff Willow is cropped mainly in November, but sometimes not until December. It is the most popular and is obtained by boiling the willows to release the natural colourant tannin from the bark into the wood. The bark is then stripped from the willow revealing the characteristic golden colour. To obtain the lovely chestnut colour the willow is steam dried twice.
Our baskets are handcrafted from natural products, please allow 5% tolerance on all measurements