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January 31, 2013

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Several years ago, a group of Bhutanese refugees to Atlanta found a new purpose for one of the South’s old problems. They began weaving the thick, invasive kudzu vines into stylish and sturdy baskets and selling them.

Available in various sizes and shapes, the baskets are made from locally harvested materials, including kudzu, bamboo and wisteria.

Prices range from $10 to $100-plus. Sales of the one-of-kind baskets help support the eight families who make them.

Buy baskets at seasonal Atlanta-area farmers’ markets and stores, including Roost Gifts & Décor (shop.roost.net),  Homegrown Decatur (homegrowndecatur.com) and Bella Cucina (bellacucina.com) in Virginia Highlands.

Also find a good selection of baskets at the Trinity School’s “Spotlight on Art” artists’ market Feb. 4-9, in Atlanta. Admission is free. For information, check, spotlightonart.com. This show should be on your must-do list.

For information about the group, visit or email bhutanbaskets@gmail.com

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