LAINI: Thin Stripe Charcoal Black & Natural Woven Storage Basket
Narrow grey stripes on a natural sisal base make the LAINI collection of striped baskets a popular choice for those who favour monochrome and natural tones in the home. Hand woven by a small rural weaving cooperative in Kenya, these woven baskets come in three different sizes and can be used all over the home as fruit baskets and desk tidies, large planters and laundry baskets. Need more inspo? Check out our basket uses page HERE.
The craftswomen in this growing cooperative are extremely skilled at producing the repeat patterns of our Linear Fusion collection, meeting weekly with their Chairlady to arrange work, deliver completed orders and pick up their wages. Sisal grass is purchased ready-rolled when The Basket Room places their orders with the cooperative, and is hand-dyed in large vats. Household soot is used to dye these baskets, collected and crushed before being added to boiling water. Fun fact: thatched and iron rooves produce different shades of brown soot!
Following all the key principles of fair trade, working with cooperatives in Africa empowers women to earn a flexible income in the dry seasons, where subsistence farming can fail to meet the needs of the family. Buy one of our woven baskets and you actively support these weavers’ livelihoods, and our commitment to fair trade. Each beautifully woven basket is supplied with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet these weavers right HERE.
Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
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.
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?