KUZUIA: Fluoro Pink and Natural Woven Storage Basket
Bold neon pink patterning pops against a natural and white base in the KUZUIA collection of striped baskets, hand woven in Kenya and made in three different sizes. Use our smaller baskets as funky planters or as bright and stylish desk tidies for all your pens and pencils. Our larger designs make fabulous storage baskets for use all over the home - from the bathroom and the kitchen to the living room and the playroom. For more basket inspiration, see our uses page HERE.
The women who produce these KUZUIA striped baskets have woven from a young age, since this wonderful, income-generating craft is traditionally passed down along the female line in Kenya. The women weave within a small but ever-growing cooperative led by the inspirational Madam Dorcas as Chairlady. These weavers used to have to travel to Nairobi to sell their woven baskets but these days The Basket Room keeps them busy with regular and fairly-paid orders, and baskets are stored in purpose-built, mud store rooms.
Basket weaving takes place largely during the dry seasons, since most of the weavers in this cooperative are subsistence farmers who use basket weaving as an alternative means of income when crop production dwindles. To own one of our woven baskets is to support our journey: empowering women to support their families through flexible, dignified and fairly paid work. Each woven basket comes with a thank you card from the cooperative who made yours. Want to meet the women behind your basket? Meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
If you need a specific size please let us know prior to placing your order.
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
HANDMADE IN KENYA
Our journey into sustainable style began in Kenya, and the lion’s share of our woven baskets are Kenyan-made. Whilst every region of Kenya boasts its own rich natural bounty, each cooperative we partner with offers expertise in its own unique form of basketry. Weaving, dyeing and grass-rolling techniques differ across the regions as much as basket shapes, patterns and structures. These precious crafts are woven through the generations within families - passed along continuous thread from mother to daughter - protecting and preserving an art form as old as man.
Vast and colourful, vibrant and bursting with natural beauty and style, our fair trade baskets are as eclectic as their homeland and its people. From sisal grass to doum palm, banana leaf fibres to palm leaf, each weaving cooperative works with what is locally available and only what can be sustainably sourced, to produce beautiful baskets which are 100% Kenyan made, and ethically produced. All cow hide bag tags, straps, and basket labels are made from leather sourced as a by-product of the food industry. Natural dyes come from pounded roots, bark and vegetables of the region, whilst all synthetic dyes are sustainably sourced.
From the Kamba tribe to the camel-herding Ariaal pastoralists of Northern Kenya, you can read more about the lives of the Kenyan weavers we work with - and the wonderful baskets they produce - below.
Meet The Artisans
Who Made Your Basket?
Very nice !
Very good I love the products
The Basket Room
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Great experience overall, delivery was quick and I love the basket!
The Basket Room
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Exactly as ordered. Thanks
Very helpful over the phone too.
The Basket Room
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