The basket is hand-woven from natural sea grass, natural color. The exquisite and classy design leaves no harsh angles on the basket, making it a perfect addition to your modern or rustic home. What is unique about the belly basket is that you can fold it in the belly section and make it

Dimensions: Small-D35cm/13.8" x H32cm/12.6" Medium-D40cm/15.7" x H36cm/14.2" Large-D45cm/17.7" x H36cm/14.2" The basket is hand-woven from natural sea grass, natural color. The exquisite and classy design leaves no harsh angles on the basket, making it a perfect addition to your modern or rustic home. What is unique about the belly basket is that you can fold it in the belly section and make it into a smaller basket. It can serve as a storage device for clothing and towels, pillows and toys, and can also work as an unique plant holder. Each bin is handcrafted in a smoke and toxin free environment. We recommend wiping with a damp cloth for cleaning; do not place it near a radiator or other sources of heat. The baskets are handwoven in Vietnam and further decorated by grasshanghai with love and care. Since every product is hand-made upon order, please allow 2-7 business days for us to make the product after the payment and get it ready for shipment. We have a variety of rugs, cushions, tables, chairs and more weaved and plaited from cattails, cornhusk and reeds. Discover other products here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GrasShanghai. **************************************************************************** Discover the traditional process behind these ancient techniques… The technique of weaving and plaiting using cattails as raw material is not known to everyone. In fact, a little county of Hubin in northern China is the only place in the country where you can still discover this craft. 1. Collection of raw materials In summer, men from the countryside will go together to collect the cattails that grow in shallow waters of the lakes, rivers and wetlands, where the environment has been preserved in its pristine state. 2. Preparation of materials When transported from the wild to the villages, women of the family will then take the fresh grass and lay them out in front of the houses or on the country road to dry them out by natural sunlight. The dried plants will be carefully filtered according to quality, and then stored in the farmers’ houses. 3. Weaving and plaiting Every day, women will take out some small portion of the plant and soak it in clean water so that it is soft enough for weaving. For women in Hubin, it is their way of living: rise early to make breakfast for the family, then those in the neighborhood will gather in a chosen woman’s house or in the Hutong (a traditional Chinese alleyway) to work together, weaving all kinds of crafts from cattails. While working, they bond – talking, laughing and gossiping. This tradition is passed from mothers to daughters, making the women of Hubin both financially independent and socially bonded.