Show your stripes with this Japandi-style collection of woven baskets in sand and white. These ethically woven baskets are hand dyed using Kenyan soil, and hand woven from sisal fibres. Sisal grass is usually purchased in ready-rolled batches when the cooperative receives our orders, which is hand-dyed in large vats before weaving begins. Produced by a member of a small but flourishing women’s weaving cooperative, these storage baskets come in three sizes which means there’s one for every corner of the home: these baskets make gorgeous desk tidies, planters and flower pots to laundry baskets, large planters and nursery storage.
The women behind our baskets have woven from a young age: this age-old craft is passed along the female line, from grandmothers to mothers to daughters in rural communities. Before our involvement, weavers would regularly travel to Nairobi to sell their woven baskets, but The Basket Room now provides this cooperative with regular basket orders and the group continues to thrive and grow.
Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
L: 35cm DIA x 35cm H
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.