Baskets from Brazil: Golden Grass Cesta Trança

by: Cross Trade

Category: Baskets

Golden Grass Woven Baskets

The beautiful capim dourado or 'golden grass' used in our Brazilian woven grass basket collections can be found growing in the Tocantins region of Brazil, where our artist partner, Silvania, lives. It is a protected resource, and its raw grasses cannot be exported. Only the finished grass products of the indigenous peoples of Brazil can be brought into your home--making these items unique and valuable. The indigenous people of Brazil have been crafting woven goods from this unique grass for many years. It is durable, flexible and lightweight, making it perfect for jewelry and basket making.  Pick up your unique, fair trade, hand-woven basket today!

The Artist's Story: Silvania

In beautiful Mateiros, Tocantins eastern Brazil, woven goods artist, Silvania, is trying to make a living for her family. When Cross Trade, a partner organization of Jesus' Economy, first met Silvania, she was creating beautiful woven items and selling them for next to nothing in exchange for a bag of rice to feed her family. Cross Trade was able to invest in her work and pay her double her original sales price per piece. On top of that, they bought her works in bulk and paid cash up front so that Silvania could make huge strides to bring her family out of poverty. Purchase any golden grass basket and your purchase goes directly to helping Silvania lift herself and her family out of poverty. 

Product Details

Dimensions and Qualities
  • Dimensions: 14" x 10" x 5" 
  • Locally-sourced, beautiful golden grass
Origins and Guarantee
  • Made in Brazil
  • Created by artisans via Cross Trade
  • Ships from the U.S.
  • 100% money back guarantee, for up to 90 days

Fair Trade Product Features

Made from all-natural, renewable resources.

Supports female entrepreneurship in impoverished areas of Brazil.

A completely unique product, found only in this region (Tocantins, Brazil). 

Part of the Jesus' Economy shopping model, benefiting developing world communities.


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