Well, after 20 years we thought it was time for a new website!
Some of you know that the old website was really, really old — from 2002! — and the underlying technology was never updated. Well, now we are up to date and you can shop online just like you do on any other website.
We’ve redesigned the site from the bottom up to make it easier to use and to include more features and information.
The biggest improvement you might notice is the wonderful shopping experience we now have for cell phones. For decades now our website has been unfriendly to those of us shopping on cell phones. That’s no longer the case! The lists of baskets, shopping cart and checkout process have all been streamlined to work equally well on cell phones, tablets, laptops, or desktop computers.
We have a much more powerful search function too, so be sure to try out the search box. Moving forward we will be improving search even more, to allow you to search by color and size.
We still photograph every unique basket individually, so what you see on the website is exactly what you receive. But now the photos are larger, and you can zoom in even further to see the fine details of these incredible baskets.
When you add an item to your cart, a sidebar will slide out displaying the contents of your cart and quick access to checkout. You can also view your cart any time by clicking on the cart icon in the site header.
If you see a basket you like but you’re not quite ready to decide, now you can add it to your wishlist. Just click the Add to Wishlist button on the product page, or the heart icon that appears when you hover over a basket in a product grid. To see the content of your wishlist, click on the heart icon in the site header.
Got a question about basket sizes or colors? Shipping? Our guarantee and returns policy? Head on over to our Shopping FAQs page for answers to these and other Frequently Asked Questions.
When you purchase a basket on our website, you have the option to create an account that will make your next visit even easier. From your account dashboard you can view your recent orders or your wishlist, manage your shipping and billing addresses, and edit your password and account details.
About the weavers
Our new website highlights the talented weavers who create the beautiful baskets, with information and photos of the various basket-making methods, the weaving groups we partner with, and the countries where they live.
About Fair Trade
We believe that African weavers should be compensated fairly for their amazing work. On our new site, you’ll find more information about Fair Trade principles, and even a downloadable handout you can use to educate others.
Stay in touch
At the bottom of every web page, you can enter your email address to get news and special offers in your inbox. Or click the icons to connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or YouTube.
For a limited time, we’re offering free shipping in the 48 contiguous United States. This offer applies to every order, of any size.
We hope you enjoy our new website. As always, your questions and feedback are welcome. Thanks for supporting African weavers!
The Baskets of Africa Crew
Cael, Dawni, Ron, Jacob, and Louise