These lovely bread baskets are hand-woven and hand-dyed in rural Kenya from indigenous sisal grass. Its maker? An extremely creative craftswoman working within a cooperative in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region. This skilled group produces unique woven bread baskets of their own designs and colourways, so each one is a one-off and once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Basket weaving is a progressive, income-generating craft form, with crops suffering in the dry season and the droughts going on for longer, basket weaving helps women to make up the shortfall and pay school fees, buy food, replace their children’s uniforms, and much more. Working as part of a cooperative, everyone is paid a fair wage, and thus empowered to support themselves and their families more reliably throughout the year.
Use your woven bread basket for sliced loaves or fruit, avocadoes or cutlery and napkins.
Dimensions: 20cmDIA X 8cmH approx
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary slightly from those shown in the photographs.
About The Basket Room
The Basket Room creates beautiful collections of handwoven, decorative storage baskets for the home. Woven with stunning colours & unique patterns, they work with small craft collectives in Africa to create ethical, stylish accessories with a story.
Specialising in handwoven baskets, bags and accessories made in Africa. Woven with vibrant colours and unique patterns, they work directly with weaving cooperation’s in rural Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Their goal is to create access to market for these talented weavers, providing them with a sustainable income, recognition and preserving traditions. Many of the weavers rely on subsistence farming, but when crops fail during dry periods they turn to the art of weaving as an essential alternative revenue.
Basket weaving is a craft as old as mankind. For millennia, folk have been binding and plaiting natural fibres, weaving vessels of all shapes and sizes for trading, storing and transporting goods in. Anthropologists have found evidence of basketry buried beneath the pyramids of ancient Egypt, and with the help of explorers who have roamed the world for centuries, different methods and styles of basket weaving have reached all corners of the globe.
Buying these baskets helps ensure that daughters and granddaughters will continue to weave, and continue to benefit from the fair wages and dignified working conditions that come from working within a cooperative.