TIKITII: Watermelon Sisal Clutch Bag
Inspired by the mouth watering fruit markets of abroad, we know you are going to want a slice of TIKITII. A handwoven sisal clutch bag complete with charming embroidered pips, is the perfect accessory for holidaying at home or away. Finished with a black zip and matching embossed leather logo to keep all your valuables safe and sound.
This limited edition clutch bag was produced by a rural Kenyan weaving group we have worked extensively with since we first launched The Basket Room. Each watermelon pip has been meticulously hand embroidered by a gifted artist living and working in Nairobi with whom we have collaborated for several years. All leatherwork carefully produced and stitched by a team of dedicated leatherworkers we also have a strong and close relationship with.
TIKITII is a very special bag we have produced in collaboration with British accessories designer Hannah Harrison. You can read all about this joyful collaboration here.
KENANA COTTON, LEATHER & BRASS
Dimensions: 16.8cm Height
Bottom Dia - 16cm, Top Dia (when flat) - 28cm
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.