Hancock Baskets was founded by the present owner, Heather Dalrymple in 1984. A special needs counselor by trade, she started Hancock Baskets in order to stay at home with her young daughter.
Heather taught basket weaving classes and sold her baskets to art centers and boutiques, but her designs really took off when she invented the Original Peanut Basket. "At last... a place to put the empty nut shell!" The basket has the shape of a peanut and had one side for the nut and one side for the empty nut shell. She could not keep up with the demand, so she asked her Dad, who was in international business, to help source production facilities overseas. Now, all Hancock Baskets are made in Bali.
What makes Hancock Baskets stand out from the rest? When designing baskets, Heather is always keeping in mind quality, esthetic beauty, function and affordability. Many of her designs come from simply solving every day storage issues. A hamper for dirty clothes, a pet bed for the family dog and cat, a utensil basket for napkins and kitchen utensils, a basket designed for holding yarn and knitting needles, a peanut basket to hold the nut and empty shell, etc. Our needs are diverse, and Hancock Baskets always seems to fill these needs cleverly and beautifully.
All Hancock Baskets are hand-woven from natural materials. The materials used for making Nantucket baskets are rattan, ash, and cherry. The scrimshaw is made from polymer and bone. The Shaker and Vintage Shaker style baskets are made using rattan or white ash. The Peggy Fisher bags, except for the Nantucket style versions, are made from ate (pronounced "ah-tay"). Ate is a vine that grows in Bali, which is, of course, used for the Bali baskets as well.
We love having you as our customer and want to make you happy. Please let us know how you use your baskets, we'd love to hear from you.