DAWA: Extra Small Turquoise Wool Basket
This beautiful patterned basket is a real one-off, since each of these woollen baskets is unique in its design and woven from the yarn from upcycled sweaters and local sisal grass. DAWA will bring a splash of Kenyan colour to any corner of the home with its turquoise colour. Use yours for storing hats, slippers and gloves, or pop yours in the playroom for keeping toys tidied away. These woven baskets also make super planters and laundry baskets.
This type of African woven basket takes up to four days to complete, and is known officially as a Kiondo (kee-yon/-doh) and these baskets were traditionally woven by mothers as unique wedding gifts for their daughters. Kiondo weaving has until recently been a declining art in Kenya, though today it is in revival thanks to the handful of small weaving groups still practising this beautiful craft.
A classic twining method is used to create these African baskets - two woollen elements are bound around a central pole of local sisal twine. The coloured wool comes from upcycled jumpers, purchased from second hand clothes markets and washed and unravelled at home. The weavers themselves decide which colours and patterns to use for each basket, enjoying full artistic license. You can meet the weavers HERE.
You become a patron of this lost art when you purchase one of our woollen Kiondo baskets, and you also become part of our journey supporting Kenyan weavers through fair trade. Basket weaving provides a sustainable source of income to these weavers – largely farming communities - whose primary income can be unreliable.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC)
Dimensions: 16cm DIA (BOTTOM) x 21cm HEIGHT
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA
The weavers are our life force - the sheer spirit of THE BASKET ROOM and the raw talent behind every fair trade basket we sell. Every woven basket has been worked on exclusively by one weaver, and each basket is their very own work of art before it becomes yours. Woven meticulously over a number of days, your basket has accompanied its creator on their daily errands from home to field to farm, enabling the weavers to earn a precious second income without having to give up their other jobs and responsibilities.
We’ve searched far and wide to partner up with the most remarkable artisans and networks of weaving cooperatives in Africa. We’re proud and privileged to regularly spend time with them all - getting to know the people, the raw materials and the harvesting, dyeing and weaving processes, first-hand.
The weavers take centre stage. These are their stories. Listen and share.
Where Are The Baskets Made?