MWIKO: Handwoven Red and Blue Bucket Bag
MWIKO is an on-trend and totally unique wool bucket bag featuring a bold red and blue geometric design. Like what you see? Then snap her up now because when she’s gone, she’s gone!
With beautiful leather straps and a drawstring top closure with tassels, MWIKO will bring a dash of Kenyan colour and craft to any occasion. Each of our woven bucket bags are made using yarn from recycled jumpers and designed personally by its weaver according to their own artistic flair.
Woven by a member of Kenya’s incredibly creative Kamba tribe – and working within the protection of a fair trade cooperative - these baskets are inspired by traditional Kenyan kiondo baskets, which were originally woven by mothers as wedding gifts to their daughters. Only recently a dying craft, today kiondo weaving is experiencing a revival thanks to a global shift towards more conscious consumerism.
Baskets take up to four days to weave, and weaving work normally takes place in lulls between farming, housework, childcare and social events. Basket weaving has become a vital source of additional income to these people, whose livelihoods otherwise depend on the unpredictable nature of agricultural work.
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 produced and attached by artisan leatherworkers. MWIKO’s metal bead rivets are made from recycled brass by artisans living in the Kawangware slums of Nairobi.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC) LEATHER STRAPS
Dimensions: Bottom Diameter: 26cm, Basket Height: 23cm,
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?