Meet colourful AKILA: a one-of-a-kind red and navy blue striped basket bag, with complementary accents, made from recycled woolly jumpers. This woven basket bag is a truly Kenyan celebration of sustainable style. We are proud to partner with women working within several weaving cooperatives in Eastern Kenya and Nairobi to produce these fair trade baskets.
This colourful and versatile basket bag takes its inspiration from the Kenyan kiondo (kee-yon/-doh) basket – a type of storage basket that mothers would weave for their daughters as wedding gifts. Kiondo weaving was a dying art in Kenya until very recently, and in 2004 only four elders from this cooperative had the skills to produce kiondos. Today, however, around fifty members work on these unique basket bags.
To purchase one of our woollen baskets is to support the revival of kiondo weaving, and in doing so you help us to support these skilled weavers in a truly fair trade. Basket weaving has become a sustainable line of additional income for the weavers, whose main earnings come from farming – an industry that’s increasingly vulnerable to drought. Each woven basket is supplied with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC) LEATHER STRAPS
Dimensions: W:45cm x H:35cm 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