Hand-woven bestseller baskets
Our bestselling baskets are handmade using a traditional braiding technique. They are braided from jute and hand-stitched with jute thread. They are produced under proper working conditions and based on global fair trade principles and have taken between half and a full day to braid. When you buy a jute basket from Manelleh, you help preserve an old craft tradition and support marginalized women in Bangladesh.
Our bestseller basket of jute. Jute is a good choice for a sustainable material, because the jute plant only requires very little water, primarily rainwater and possibly a little fertilizer to be cultivated. The fibers from the jute are extracted from the bark of the jute plant and go through an extensive processing process before it becomes a finished jute product. The jute plant is common in India and Bangladesh, and the fiber is called "The Golden Fiber", because of its shiny golden color.
If you choose one of our best-selling baskets, you are also supporting an old craft tradition. For centuries, crafts have been made by locals including e.g. basket weaving, has been a strong tradition in the rural areas of Bangladesh. It can take a woman from a few hours to several days to weave a basket, depending on the basket's sizes and details. The old craft tradition helps to contribute to local employment. At the same time, the role helps to maintain the economy and culture in rural areas.
Special bestseller baskets
When you buy one of our our bestseller baskets, you help ensure proper, meaningful and dignified jobs for marginalized women in Bangladesh. The women work at a socially responsible company, Bunon Kutir, where they receive a fair salary and professional training. Bunon Kutir works (like our other good collaborators in Bangladesh, Tarango
and Saidpur) on becoming an approved member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), which audits and guarantees that the organization is a socially responsible workplace.