Bring a little scandi style to the home with this beautiful soft grey and natural colour block basket, hand woven in South Western Kenya. ITALE looks stunning in a nursery or bedroom, filled with toys or clothes, or homing your favourite succulent or cacti plant as a stylish planter.
These blocked colour baskets are hand made by a small Kenyan weaving cooperative of around forty members and a dye manager dedicated to maintaining colour quality and consistency. Baskets are all made from local sisal grass which is purchased ready-rolled when orders for these baskets come in from The Basket Room. This is then hand-dyed in large vats of boiling water and hung out to dry before a traditional twining method is used to create each basket. This weaving group is a highly accomplished collective of craftswomen who have practised this meticulous art from a young age, having been taught by mothers and grandmothers.
Dimensions: 40cm Diameter x 30cm H
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.