MALKIA: True Blue Wool and Sisal Tote Bag
Midnight blue stripes make a bold statement on this beautiful, handwoven basket bag. The perfect size for days out and trips to the gym, beach and market, you’ll be waging war on plastic when you opt for one of our ethically handwoven totes.
Made by a member of a women’s weaving co-operative in the greater Lower Eastern region of Kenya, each basket bag takes up to a week to complete, depending on the preferred workload and pace of the weaver. The magic art of basketry takes place in and around other household chores, church, childcare and farming duties. Once completed, these sisal bags are sent to a local tannery where cow hide shoulder straps are produced and attached by artisan leatherworkers. All leather used is a by-product of the food industry and otherwise destinated for landfill.
During the dry seasons, farming communities often struggle to produce and sell enough crop to meet their family’s basic needs. In weaving and selling our basket bags, women are empowered to support their families more comfortably, making the money they need to pay school fees and put food on the table.
If you’d like to learn more about the wonderful women behind your basket bag, you can meet the weavers here.
Material: Sisal and Yarn (Synthetic), Leather Straps
Dimensions: 35cmW X 30cmH approx (width is measured at the widest part of the 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 AND 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?
Love it! Stylish and Useful
Really great experience- and I appreciate that the packaging was super minimal- better for the planet! Sturdy bag, good for going out to the shops or a dinner/day out with friends.
The Basket Room
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