Peggy Peterson, the owner and direct importer of Asylum Down, first went to Ghana Africa on an Education Abroad program from UC Davis in 1974. She loved the country and people so much she returned the next year to start her import business. Soon after she ventured to Morocco, and in later years Bali. Asylum Down baskets are sturdy, functional and decorative. They are hand woven by skilled men and women artisans from natural, sustainable wild grasses. Asylum Down follows the principles of fair trade allowing her artisans to support themselves and families. Asylum Down offers her a wide assortment of baskets, hats, fans, mirrors, scrunchies, coin purses and sarongs.