SHANGWE: Green Pattern Bread Basket
Dress your breakfast table in style with the stunning SHANGWE woven bread basket. Boasting a green patterned stripe against a natural undyed base, this basket positively bursts with Kenyan colour and ethical vibes.
If you like what you see, snap SHANGWE up now, because there’s only one of them! This woven bread basket is truly one-of-a-kind, woven by a female weaver working in an extremely skilled cooperative in Kenya’s Coastal Region. So creative is this group of weavers that we leave the designs process to them, giving them free rein with colours and patterns. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and bare feet, and then it is hand rolled on the thighs before being dyed in vats of boiling water.
Farming communities struggle to produce enough harvest to meet their family’s basic needs consistently throughout the year. Weaving these bread baskets as part of a cooperative enables these craftswomen to earn a flexible second income during dry seasons. Each unique woven basket comes with a little information about the cooperative who made yours - meet the weavers from this region HERE.
Dimensions: 20cm W x 8cm H approx
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.