Gondola Shopping Basket
Length 37 cm x Width 23 cm x Height 14 cm, 30 cm incl handle
Gondola Shopping Basket Double Steamed Wicker . This basket has a willow frame with the wicker woven around it in a vertical fan pattern. Remember these baskets from the 1960’s, well they’re back in fashion again!!
We also stock childrens gondola shopping baskets in buff willow wicker.
Use this lovely Gondola Shopping Basket Double Steamed Wicker for storing spare toilet rolls in the cloakroom or en-suite, a bit nicer looking than the plastic wrapper they come in.As the frame of this Gondola Shopping Basket Double Steamed Wicker is made in one piece, the handle is extra strong and is bound tightly with willow to make a smooth surface. You can clearly see the structure of the basket with the frame being made horizontally and the willow woven around vertically.
Willow baskets are very versatile. These are much hardier than many other natural materials, 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. Double Steamed willow is boiled twice for a deeper, richer colour.
Our baskets are handcrafted from natural products, please allow 5% tolerance on all measurements