KUTELEZA: Grey Cloud Woven Storage Basket
Our soft grey and natural KUTELEZA collection of natural woven baskets evoke images of blustery clouds streaking a breezy Kenyan sky, and come in three different sizes. Hand woven from sisal grass by a member of one of four rural women's weaving cooperatives in South Western Kenya, the smaller baskets make beautiful planters and flower pots whilst the larger sizes become stylish storage baskets for toys, jewellery, desk stationery and bathroom products.
The craftswomen in this group of cooperatives are extremely skilled at weaving repeat patterns, using their tape measures to produce our set sizes and meeting weekly with their managers to arrange work, deliver completed orders and pick up wages. Sisal grass is purchased ready-rolled when orders come in, and is hand-dyed in large vats using natural charcoal to achieve the chalky-soft grey hue. A traditional twining method is used to produce this range of baskets: a complex weave which uses two elements woven skilfully around a central spoke.
The weavers are primarily subsistence farmers, so weaving takes place largely during the dry seasons. To purchase one of our woven baskets is to become a part of our story - a journey of sustainability and ethics, empowering women to support their families with flexible, fairly paid work. Each basket comes with a thank you card from the cooperative who made your basket. Meet the weavers HERE.
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Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
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?