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Inner spaces: An interiors business bringing African craft to Dublin and beyond

Barikisu Ali Telfer, founder of Sahara, on how traditional handmade baskets from her native Ghana kickstarted her Irish interiors business

Barikisu Ali Telfer’s interiors company Sahara began with a collection of artisan baskets custom-made in her native Ghana

If you had dandered down Dublin city’s Wicklow Street over recent weeks you might well have been stopped in your tracks by a pop up store packed full of colour, crafts and greenery. It came courtesy of Sahara, an Irish/African interiors business based in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, which has a growing fanbase thanks to its array of artisan African baskets and carefully selected pieces from Irish makers.

Each bolu basket is handwoven by artisan ...