New twist for Bolga baskets

BY: Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah

The Bolga basket is one of the most popular traditional items from Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region. These durable and colourful baskets are made with elephant grass.

During the process of creation, the weaver carefully selects appropriate straw for the base, sides and handle. The selection of the proper grass for various parts of the basket is critical to good weaving.


We bring you some baskets woven by Zakari Abdul Majeed whose brand name is Adoliyine Baskets. Based in Bolgatanga, he uses the elephant grasses to create trays, purses, fans, handbags, among others.