MIALE: Turquoise & Gold Woven Sisal Doormat
With its wide, bright stripes in lido green and sundial yellow, MIALE is a handwoven doormat made from local Kenyan sisal. Pop one down in your entrance hallway or hearth to bring instant texture and character to your space. Wherever you choose to use your new woven mat, it is sure to bring a pop of colour and sustainable craft to your interiors.
Weaving is a precious craft that connects generations in Kenya: a method passed from grandmothers to mothers to daughters all over the country. The Basket Room partners with a network of twelve Kenyan weaving groups - with over thirty weavers in each group – to produce these beautiful woven doormats. Weaving is work that fits in brilliantly with women’s domestic chores, childcare and farming. In producing these woven doormats, the women in this craft group are empowered to support their families with a reliable additional income: work that is fair, creative, sociable and flexible.
Please note that these woven doormats are decorative items and will not withstand heavy wear.
Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
Dimensions (approx): 72cm L x 42cm W
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.