KIMBIA: Black Spotted Beaded Basket
Bring a unique splash of colour to the home with the KIMBIA planter. Woven from the blade of doum palm leaf and embellished with black glass beads, covering the basket like polka dots. These beautiful palm baskets make stylish flower pots & indoor planters.
These palm baskets are woven and embellished by hand by the Ariaal people of Ngurunit, Northern Kenya. Ariaal people belong in part to both the Samburu and Rendille tribes, and these baskets borrow from both cultures: the tight basketry techniques of the Rendille and the Samburu beading seen in tribal headwear and necklaces.
Milk is a way of life for this community and these woven baskets were traditionally created as buckets for collecting and storing camel’s milk in. But as plastic and metal jugs became cheaply available for milking, production of these baskets fell into decline. The revival of these palm leaf baskets came about in 2001 when they were reimagined as stunning woven planters for the home, with the addition of multi-coloured beading.
You help keep this precious art form alive when you purchase one of our palm leaf baskets. In buying from The Basket Room, you also become an important part of our journey in fair trade, supporting these skilled weavers through fair trade. Each basket comes with a thank you card from the Ngurunit Weavers Group, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
MATERIAL: Doum Palm Leaf
Mini: 8-9cm DIA x 8-9cm H
Small: 9-10cm DIA x 9-10cm H
Midi: 12-14cm DIA x 9-10cm H
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?