Pine Needle Baskets - Women's Cooperative of El Cerro, Nicaragua, Central America - 1/8/08
Pine Needle Baskets - Women's Cooperative of El Cerro
High upon a beautiful pine covered ridge live the women of the¬†Women's Cooperative of El Cerro, Nicaragua.¬† The group was formed several years ago with the help of a Dutch organization and today continues to flourish.
They harvest pine needles and then begin the long process of weaving baskets by hand.¬† Thousands of pine needles are hand-woven into one basket.¬† Although it can¬†take up to one week to create, all the Artisans are paid according to Fair Trade federation standards.¬†
Purchasing these beautiful pieces helps continue this art form and provides an excellent incentive to good forest management.