For decades, Tohono O'odham weavers have been dependent upon the traders who visit their villages, taking advantage of the weavers' isolation and economic hardship. The weaver often receives just 5% to 25% of a basket's retail value from the trader.
Im 1996, TOCA’s Tohono O’odham Basketweavers Organization (TOBO) began to offer weavers a positive alternative. By working together, weavers are able to reach new markets. As a non-profit organization, TOCA is able to ensure that 75% or more of the retail price goes to the artists. The remaining 25% supports TOCA's educational efforts and activities that benefit weavers.
Your purchase of baskets preserves Tohono O'odham basketry traditions and supports culturally appropriate economic development on the Tohono O'odham Nation.