This pretty pine needle basket was woven by hand in Guatemala by women from the Komon Utzil combine.  Komon Utzil means “For the Wellbeing of All” in the Maya language.  That’s a fitting name because the combine allows these women to use their one marketable skill, weaving, for the good of the community through sales of the products they make.

The needles for this basket were gathered from the nearby Sololá region.  Pine needles in their natural state were mixed with dyed ones to create contrast, then rafia was sewn in to create the overall pattern.

>Natural fibers basket, 'Mother Nature' (Guatemala)

The basket is 8-3/4 inches in diameter and two inches high, so it’s pretty roomy if you want to use it for storage.  It’s a great size to hold socks by the entry door if yours is a no-shoes home.  The socks will pick up the subtle and fresh smell of pine the basket gives off.  $58 at Novica