MAKOSA: Handwoven Maroon and Turquoise Bucket Bag
MAKOSA is the ultimate summer bag and the perfect festival bag. This ethically-produced beauty boasts bands of turquoise and maroon, in a unique tribal design and is woven by a member of Kenya’s highly talented Kamba tribe, working within a fair trade cooperative.
Woven using yarn from second-hand jumpers and with beautiful leather straps and tassels, MAKOSA will bring a pop of Kenyan colour and craft to any ensemble. Once the four days of weaving work is done, these bucket bags are sent to a local tannery where soft, cow hide shoulder straps are made and fitted by skilled leatherworkers. MAKOSA’s metal bead rivets are made from recycled and sand-casted brass by artisans living in Nairobi’s Kawangware slum.
Each one of these woven bucket bags is a true one-off, produced according to its weaver’s preferred design choices and colourways. Baskets take up to four days to weave, and weaving work normally takes place in amongst farming, housework, childcare and church. Basket weaving is a reliable source of additional income to these people, whose livelihoods otherwise depend on the unpredictable nature of agricultural work.
Here’s the chance to support sustainable crafts and possess your own Kenyan work of art: made once, sold once.
Each woven basket is supplied with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC) LEATHER STRAPS
Dimensions: Bottom Diameter: 24cm, Basket Height: 21cm, Top Folded Diameter: 19cm
Leather used is a by-product of the food industry.
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE AND 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?