Tightly woven from the blade of doum palm leaves, these intricate yet simple baskets are produced by the Ngurunit Weavers Group. This is a collective of around 150 craftswomen – members of the Samburu and Rendille tribes – living in Northern Kenya. Farming and collecting milk are the mainstays of this Ariaal pastoralist community, and these woven baskets were originally made as vessels for collecting camel milk. Our NYEUPE baskets bring the integrity of age-old Rendille weaving to the modern home, with the addition of beautiful Samburu beading in pure, clean white.
Rendille-style basket weaving fell into swift decline with the advent of plastic and metal milk collection vessels, but in more recent years these baskets have seen a surge in demand. With the addition of Samburu-inspired beading, function meets form in these palm leaf baskets which have become popular accessories for the home. Use yours as a planter or fruit bowl, flower pot, desk tidy or jewellery basket.
You help keep this wonderful art form alive when you purchase one of our palm leaf baskets. You also become an important part of our journey, empowering these talented weavers through fair trade and flexible work. Each basket is supplied with a thank you card from the cooperative: you can meet the ladies behind your basket HERE.
MATERIAL: Doum Palm Leaf
Mini: 8-9cm DIA x 8-9cm H
Small: 9-10cm DIA x 9-10cm H
Midi: 12-14cm DIA x 9-10cm H
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA