Wicker Two Person Bottle and Picnic Basket
Length 35 cm x Width 26 x Height 32 cm (45 cm incl handle)
Wicker two person bottle and picnic basket made from double steamed full buff and green willow. The basket is lined with a lovely green and black tartan fabric and has leather clasp fastening and hinges. The china plates, wine glasses, cutlery, bottle opener and stopper are all strapped inside the large section using leather straps. This section also has a lid which is held in place with a metal fastener, and has a chain to stop it folding completely backwards. At the other end of the basket are two sections each big enough to hold a wine bottle. A gorgeous and romantic gift for the couple who have everything! Add wine and food for an extra special gift.
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. The darker colour is gained by steaming the baskets twice.Green willow is not the colour but that the bark is left on.
Our baskets are handcrafted from natural products, please allow 5% tolerance on all measurements