Every single basket you have ever seen was created by hand. Think about that for a second. What I love most about basket weaving is that it is one of the few art forms that cannot be replicated by technology. In Senegal, basketry is an art that is passed down from generation to generation. In my tribe, Wolof, basketry is a right of passage. So how wonderful it is to share my creations with my American family and to connect cultures in such a meaningful way.
Sofi Seck is a weaver originally from Senegal, West Africa. She creates functional baskets in the tradition “coiling” technique of Senegal that are colorful and unique. She is founder of Expedition Subsahara. An organization on a mission to connect traditional Senegalese art to the western world and using the proceeds to build a girls STEAM school in Senegal. It is her goal with Expedition Subsahara to create a space where she can connect cultures and create a more understanding and empathetic world. She lives in St. Louis, Mo.