Clemmie Stagg

Clemmie Stagg's journey is a tale of love, adventure, and a deep appreciation for the rich artisanal traditions of Ghana. In 2018, she embarked on a life-changing move to Ghana to be with her husband, Bartie. Little did she know that this move would not only strengthen their bond but also lead to the establishment of Frafra Baskets, a venture that would weave together the threads of entrepreneurship, cultural appreciation, and community support.

Immersing herself in the vibrant and diverse culture of Ghana, Clemmie became enamoured with the country's artisan woven products. From intricately crafted baskets to other woven goods, she was captivated by the skill and artistry of each piece. Her home soon became a testament to her passion, full to the brim with baskets.

As fate would have it, the world was soon gripped by the unforeseen challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the global crisis, Clemmie and Bartie made the decision to return to the UK. However, the move did not mark the end of their Ghanaian connection; instead, it opened the door to a new chapter in their lives.

Back in the UK, Clemmie's collection of baskets caught the eyes of friends and family who loved the intricate craftsmanship of the Ghanaian products. Inspired by the positive feedback and recognising an opportunity to bridge the gap between the artisans in Ghana and the UK market, Clemmie and Bartie decided to channel their passion into a purposeful business venture.

In 2020, Frafra Baskets was born, named after the Frafra people of Northern Ghana, who are renowned for their weaving expertise. The mission was clear – to import woven products to the UK and, in doing so, support and uplift the weaving communities of Ghana. It was not merely a business venture for Clemmie; it was a commitment to fostering sustainable practices and contributing to the empowerment of skilled artisans.

Frafra Baskets quickly gained recognition for its unique and ethically sourced products. Clemmie's keen eye for quality and authenticity played a pivotal role in curating a collection that not only showcased the beauty of Ghanaian craftsmanship but also reflected the stories and traditions woven into each piece.

Beyond the aesthetics, Clemmie and Bartie actively engaged with the weaving communities in Ghana, ensuring fair compensation for the artisans and establishing a platform for cultural exchange. Through Frafra Baskets, they became advocates for social responsibility, weaving a network of support that extended from the UK to the heart of Ghana.

Clemmie Stagg's journey from living in Ghana to the co-founder of Frafra Baskets exemplifies the transformative power of passion and purpose. Her story is one of cultural appreciation, entrepreneurship, and a commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those who create the intricate tapestry of Ghana's artisanal heritage.