SHELL: Seashell and Coral Embroidered Woven Storage Basket
She sells seashells on the seashore! Bring a bit of easy-breezy beach life to the home with our beautiful hand embroidered shell basket, woven from natural undyed and sand-dyed sisal.
Designed by British illustrator and designer Jacqueline Colley and embroidered by Nduta - an artist working in Nairobi - these ethically made baskets are adorned with a blue clamshell and rust-red yarn tendrils representing sea coral, complete with an oyster ‘pearl’ formed from a single metal bead rivet. Sustainable through and through, this brassy coloured bead is made from recycled and sand-casted brass by artisans living in Nairobi’s Kawangware district.
These African baskets are perfect for bathroom storage or for perking up your home office, and will appeal to all of those with a colourful approach to interior accessories. Use yours as a planter for your favourite succulent, as a desk tidy, on your bedside table or in the playroom for keeping craft materials safe.
Attractive and practical, these baskets also serve a crucial purpose for their Kenyan makers. The weavers, taught by their own mothers and grandmothers, make a vital secondary income fulfilling orders from THE BASKET ROOM. In times of pandemic and drought, flexible work like weaving enables these women - who otherwise rely solely on farming income - to better support their families throughout the seasons.
Learn more about the collaboration between the artists HERE.
Material: SISAL, WOOL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
Dimensions: 14.5-15.5CM DIA X 14.5-15.5CM H
Please note, due to the handmade nature of the basket, the colours may vary to that shown in the photograph.
FAIR TRADE & 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?