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Jennifer Choo | 08 Dec 2017 00:30
Safuraa’s love for handmade items led to her starting her own business

With the renaissance of all things wicker, from cane furniture stealing the limelight at this year’s Milan Fair to Cult Gaia’s Ark wicker bag on the arm of fashionistas around the world, the rattan trend is strong.

But in Malaysia, their revival seems rather natural, like being reunited with old friends. There is no denying that they look great under our tropical sun and against the abundance of greenery, an opinion shared by architect, Safuraa Razak.

Safuraa has been instrumental in stoking the cool factor of wicker baskets through Baloo Bakul, the handwoven seagrass baskets brought in by Mowgli Store, a company which she founded.

Handwoven by artisans in the Indochinese Peninsula where the seagrass baskets are traditionally used to collect and store rice, the Baloo Bakul baskets do not just come in alluring natural colour, they also have “dip” iterations where the lower half sports ice cream colours like mint, pink and yellow; more recently, they are completely dyed in sophisticated shades of mustard, black and deep green.

These collapsible baskets have a variety of uses, whether as planters, storage or even as picnic baskets while the style-savvy have been known to use the mini Baloo Bakul as trendy handbags.