About Import Products - Seagrass and Water Hyacinth Baskets
We first began working with our suppliers around the year 2000 and continue to develop new designs, sizes and colours. We believe in supporting fair trade and opportunity and supporting women and disadvantaged groups.
All our products are handcrafted at village level in Northern Vietnam allowing income into rural communities where employment opportunity is minimal.
All our products are entirely natural and organic, grown eco-sustainably. Seagrass is grown as a crop and is harvested three times each year while Water Hyacinth is harvested from inland waterways where they grow prolifically to pest level.
Our baskets are made very strong, will last indefinitely and at the end of their useful life will break down organically in a few months, unlike plastic bags. Do not be fooled by so called "green" and "Eco" bags, if they are not completely natural and organic they will be around for many lifetimes to come.
Seagrass is harvested three times yearly . The evenness of the blades is essential for the production of all kinds of handwork but before starting the blades are air-dried to enable storage. For decoration purposes the grass is tinted with dye colours.
Due to the material used and the nature of construction, the baskets are very strong which enables them to be flattened for shipping. To return their shape at any time one simply needs first to soak by dipping in or spraying heavily with water, then after a short while one can push/pull and bend it the required shape. To remove excess water after shaping, swing quickly with a throwing motion by the handle/s, then leave a short while to dry and it will become firm. If a crease or fold in a basket will not flatten/shape, soak basket for 2 to 4 minutes (longer than this will NOT damage a basket) it will simply allow any crease to be undone and the basket to be reshaped as desired.