This is a stunning celebration of 100% natural dyes: brown, black and white stripes combine in a most striking, textured effect. This unique basket was produced by a talented craftswoman in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region, working to her own basket weave pattern and her personal colour choices. There is only one of these woven baskets: once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Use it in the larder for storing fruit or veg, or pop yours in the bathroom for tidying away loo rolls or toiletries. Use on your dressing table jewellery, scarves and trinkets, or by the wood burner for keeping old newspapers and kindling. A plant looks lovely in them too but line the inside with foil of drip tray.
The process involved in producing these unique baskets is meticulous and highly skilled. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and bare feet, and then it is hand rolled to a very fine twine on the thighs before being woven using a classic twining technique. The dyes used to create the dynamic colour ways are all 100% natural, and dyed by hand.
Produced as part of a Community Based Organisation representing several women’s weaving cooperatives in Kenya. These most artistic collectives enjoy the flexible working conditions offered by basket weaving, and the fair rates of pay guaranteed by working within a cooperative. By purchasing one of these fair trade baskets you play your own part in empowering women to financially support themselves and their families through the dry seasons.
small basket 20cm dia x 18cm