A two-tone sisal shopper in grey and natural tone stripes, with leather carry handles. The CHUO shopper bag is handwoven in Kenya’s rural Eastern Region.
Made from local sisal grass, the preparation process is extensive even before dyeing and weaving begins: the grass is first harvested and rolled by hand, then carefully woven by a member of a women’s weaving co-operative in the greater Lower Eastern region of Kenya. The methods used to create these oversized handbags are woven through generations, passed from Kenyan grandmothers to mothers to granddaughters.
Depending on the preferred workload and pace of the weaver, each yarn and sisal basket bag takes up to a week to complete; basketry takes place between other household chores, church, childcare and farming duties. Once completed, these yarn and sisal bags are sent to a local tannery where cowhide shoulder straps are produced and attached by artisan leatherworkers.
Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary 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.