MAZAO: Fluoro Pink and Yellow Woven Storage Basket
Introduce a splash of African style to your interiors with our range of neon pink and yellow striped baskets. Hand woven from local sisal grass by a skilled craftswoman working within a small cooperative in rural Kenya, the MAZAO range of colourful baskets come in three different sizes for use all over the home. These bright baskets make fabulous fruit baskets and desk tidies, and can be used as both small and large planters for all manner of house plants. Need more inspo? Check out our basket uses page HERE.
The craftswomen behind our MAZAO woven baskets have perfected the age-old art of weaving from their mothers and grandmothers, and work within a small, rural weaving cooperative. Where once these weavers would travel regularly to Nairobi to sell their woven baskets, The Basket Room now provides them with regular and fairly-paid orders, and these completed baskets are then stored in purpose-built mud huts. As demand increases, the cooperative continues to thrive and grow under the guidance of its inspirational Chairlady, Madam Dorcas.
Each colourful woven basket comes with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet these weavers right HERE. Basket production takes place primarily during the dry seasons, since most weavers are from farming communicates who rely on subsistence farming and rainfall to sustain their families. To buy one of our woven baskets is to become a patron in our commitment to empowering women.
Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
M: 20-23cm DIA x 20-23cm H
L: 30-33cm DIA x 30-33cm H
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.