These natural woven baskets boast a stippled pattern of sand and natural grass hues, and are hand woven from sisal in Kenya. Produced by a skilled weaving cooperative member, the UTULIVU range of baskets come in three handy sizes which means there’s one for every use: from desk tidies and flower pots to kindling baskets, large planters and vegetable baskets. Wherever you pop your woven storage basket, it’s sure to add a little extra style to the home.
The craftswomen behind these baskets have learned the meticulous art weaving from their mothers and grandmothers, and work within a thriving cooperative which is growing in numbers continually under the guidance of its inspirational Chairlady, Madam Dorcas. Sisal grass is usually purchased in ready-rolled batches when the cooperative receives its orders from The Basket Room, and this grass is then hand-dyed in large vats before weaving begins, using a traditional twining method. Where once these weavers would travel regularly to Nairobi to sell their woven baskets.
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.