RUKIA: Orange Colour Block Woven Basket
These orange and natural colour block storage baskets are available in three handy sizes and can be used as flower pots and planters for indoor plants, desk tidies and fruit baskets. Turmeric is a colour that’s going to be seen everywhere in 2019: an enlivening orange that infuses just a hint of pungency into the palette. Use yours in the bathroom for toiletries or loo rolls, or pop yours on your dressing table for keeping jewellery and knick knacks all in one place. Need more inspiration? Check out our basket uses page HERE.
Our coloured baskets are produced by a small Kenyan weaving cooperative of around forty members, with a dedicated dye manager who oversees colour quality and consistency. Sisal grass is sourced ready-rolled when orders come in from The Basket Room, hand-dyed in large vats of boiling water and hung out to dry before the weaving starts.
Our partnership with this Kenyan cooperative helps women to support their families more comfortably, since subsistence farming alone often fails to meet the needs of a family. Buy one of our woven baskets and you actively support these weavers’ livelihoods, and The Basket Room’s commitment to empowering women. Each woven basket comes with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
XS: 14-16CM DIA x 9.5-10.50CM H
SMALL: 19-21CM DIA x 14.5-15.5CM H
MEDIUM: 23-27CM DIA x 19-21CM H
If you need a specific size please let us know prior to placing your order.
Please note, due to the handmade nature of the basket, the tone of colour may vary to that shown in the photograph.
HANDMADE IN KENYA
Our journey into sustainable style began in Kenya, and the lion’s share of our woven baskets are Kenyan-made. Whilst every region of Kenya boasts its own rich natural bounty, each cooperative we partner with offers expertise in its own unique form of basketry. Weaving, dyeing and grass-rolling techniques differ across the regions as much as basket shapes, patterns and structures. These precious crafts are woven through the generations within families - passed along continuous thread from mother to daughter - protecting and preserving an art form as old as man.
Vast and colourful, vibrant and bursting with natural beauty and style, our fair trade baskets are as eclectic as their homeland and its people. From sisal grass to doum palm, banana leaf fibres to palm leaf, each weaving cooperative works with what is locally available and only what can be sustainably sourced, to produce beautiful baskets which are 100% Kenyan made, and ethically produced. All cow hide bag tags, straps, and basket labels are made from leather sourced as a by-product of the food industry. Natural dyes come from pounded roots, bark and vegetables of the region, whilst all synthetic dyes are sustainably sourced.
From the Kamba tribe to the camel-herding Ariaal pastoralists of Northern Kenya, you can read more about the lives of the Kenyan weavers we work with - and the wonderful baskets they produce - below.
Meet The Artisans
Who Made Your Basket?
Lovely basket that arrived in good time for my daughter’s birthday. She adores it. And loves that it’s ethically made too.
The Basket Room
Thank you for your review and shopping at The Basket Room! We're also happy to hear your daughter is equally as pleased!