UHAI: Handwoven Natural Sisal Tote Bag
Stunning in soft off white, UHAI is a delightful woven tote bag that’s the perfect size for market trips, yoga and the gym.
This ethically-produced tote bag was woven by a member of a thriving women’s weaving co-operative in the greater Lower Eastern region of Kenya. Each tote bag takes up to a week to complete, practised little and often between other household chores, trips to Church, and crop farming duties. Once finished, the totes are sent to a leading leather workshop where cow hide shoulder straps are produced and attached by artisan leatherworkers.
The methods used to create these wonderful baskets are woven through the generations, passed from grandmothers to mothers to granddaughters. In producing and selling our basket bags, the women of this weaving cooperative are able to pay school fees , medical bills, and purchase food and uniform. During the dry seasons, farming communities often struggle to produce enough crop to meet their family’s basic needs but basket weaving offers a flexible second income.
All our hand-woven bags come with a thank you card from the cooperative that made it, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & LEATHER
Dimensions: W38cm x H30cm (width is measured at widest part of bag)
Strap Length: 29cm approx
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 & 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?