Tight, tribal patterns and stunning craftsmanship make the KICHAKA the ideal basket bag for hitting the yoga studio, the market or the beach with. This colourful creation is woven by a member of a family-run weaving co-operative in Eastern Region of Kenya.
Weaving each basket bag can take up to six days, and this work is fitted in around the weavers’ other domestic chores and farming duties. Yarn used for the bag comes from recycled jumpers and synthetic wools, whilst local sisal grass forms the base of each coloured strand. These yarn and sisal bags are then sent to a leading leather workshop nearby in Kenya. Here, buttery-soft cow hide shoulder straps are produced and attached by skilled leatherworkers. We are proud that our basket bags are 100% Kenyan-made, using only locally-available materials and the skills of a very talented labour force. All leather used is a by-product of the food industry.
The sheer skill and creativity it takes to produce one of these oversized handbags is woven through the generations, passed from grandmothers to mothers to daughters. In producing and selling our basket bags, the women of this Kenyan weaving cooperative are empowered to support their families with a reliable additional income – and work that is both fair and flexible.
Material: Sisal and Yarn (Synthetic), Leather Straps
Dimensions: 42cmW X 30cmH approx (width is measured at the widest part of the bag)
Strap Length: 29cm approx
Leather used is a by-product of the food industry.
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.