NDOTO: Turquoise, Pink and Sand Woven Storage Basket
Bring a splash of African style to your interiors with our range of neon pink and turquoise striped baskets. These colourful baskets are hand woven in three different sizes by a small Kenyan weaving cooperative, and make handy storage baskets for all over the home. Whichever way you choose to use your NDOTO storage baskets they are sure to bring a splash of style to any corner of the home: think fruit baskets and desk tidies, large planters and laundry baskets. Need more inspiration? Check out our basket uses page HERE.
The craftswomen in this growing cooperative are extremely skilled at weaving our repeat designs, using their tape measures to produce the three set sizes we offer. Sisal grass is purchased ready-rolled when orders come in, and is hand-dyed in large vats before a traditional twining method is used to produce each basket. Where once these women used to have to travel to Nairobi to sell their woven baskets, today The Basket Room places regular and fairly-paid orders with this most adept group, and completed baskets are stored in purpose-built mud huts.
Every striped basket comes with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can find out more about the wonderful weavers right HERE. Weaving takes place primarily during the dry seasons, since most weavers are subsistence farmers using basket weaving as a supplementary means of income. To buy one of our woven baskets is to support 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.