ONJA: Handwoven Purple and Red Backpack
Support sustainable crafts and possess your own Kenyan work of art: made once, sold once. The ONJA woven backpack is the ultimate summertime accessory and festival bag. This ethically-produced bag features bands of purple and red in an elaborate 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, ONJA will bring a pop of Kenyan colour and craft to any look you’re pulling off. Once the four days of weaving work is done, these woven backpacks bags are sent to a local tannery where soft, cow hide shoulder straps are made and fitted by skilled leather workers, using leather that would have ended up in landfill.
Sustainable through and through, ONJA'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 bags is a true one-off, woven in the weaver’s preferred designs and using what recycled, coloured yarns are available. Backpacks take up to four days to weave, in between 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.
Want to know more about the people behind the bags? Meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC) LEATHER STRAPS
Dimensions: Bottom Diameter: 22cm, Basket Height: 22cm
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?