Our Seagrass and Water Hyacinth Baskets baskets are made by local village people in rural communities in Vietnam. Many are farmers utilise their time and supplement their income by basket weaving during the crop growing season. It also means that workers do not have to travel to a factory and can look after their children while working. Our Jute products are supplied from India where it is harvested in rural areas then sent to local Jute mills for processing.
As the product is created from a natural material and purposely grown for harvesting, using no chemicals or other toxic additives it is eco friendly and sustainable. In addition, at the end of their life the baskets will break down organically in a few months NOT thousands of years like plastic bags and the so-called supermarket "green bags"
Due to the material used and nature of construction the baskets are extremely strong. This allows them to be flattened for shipping but can be easily reshaped after wetting (For Seagrass Baskets only). Water Hyacinth baskets can be wet slightly and reshaped but should not be left to soak as they will loose their firmness and take a long time to dry.
One of the fastest growing plants known, water hyacinth reproduces primarily by way of runners, which eventually form daughter plants. Each plant can produce thousands of seeds each year, and these seeds can remain viable for more than 28 years. The common water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) are vigorous growers known to double their population in two weeks. Since the water hyacinths are so prolific, harvesting them for industrial use serves also as a means of environmental control. In the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam the water hyacinth's stems are used as a braiding material and a source of fibers. Strings of dried fibers are woven or interlinked together to form a braid or cord used for making bags, footwear, wreaths, hats, vases, Christmas lanterns, and more decorative materials. Dried stems are used for baskets and furniture. Water hyacinth fibers are used as a raw material for paper.
Water Hyacinth products can also be wet out and reshaped although should not be soaked like seagrass and as the fibre is thicker it will take longer to completely dry out. To clean Jute products should only be soaked in cold water with liquid detergent with a small amount of hand agitation. Rinse, pull back into shape and lay flat to dry.