Round Wicker Shopping Basket
Diameter 44 cm x Height 30 cm, 40 cm incl handle
Round Willow Wicker Bowl Shopping Basket, made from double steamed, European full buff willow wicker, with a lovely plaited rim, and high carrying handle. Imagine a glass baking bowl and you will get a good idea of the shape. Round Shopping Baskets are quite difficult to come by, and often not very strong, but this basket is the exception to the rule. European willow is a much stronger material and holds its shape very well.
This round willow wicker bowl shopping basket is just the right size for trips to shops for essentials like bread, milk and a newspaper, or take it with you to the Farmers Market, these are really popular at the moment.
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