Large Wicker Shopping Basket (plaited rim)
Length 52 cm x Width 40 cm x Height 24 cm, 48 cm incl handle
Lovely large wicker shopping basket. European made in full buff willow wicker. This basket has two narrow darker wicker stripes woven in and a plaited rim. This basket is of a size it could be used as a fireside log basket.
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
Dear Corinne, Have just received my basket and just wanted you to know how pleased i am with it .I would like to thank you for the speed and efficient way you dealt with my order. Joan