SAHIHI: Red Check Woven Storage Basket
With its bold red checks, our SAHIHI baskets are new for 2023 and handwoven in Kenya from local sisal in three different sizes. Use a small basket for jewellery and watches, remote controls and cables, whilst our medium and large woven baskets make lovely storage for slippers, gloves, scarves and rugs, toys, laundry, loo rolls and craft projects. These styish red check baskets also make excellent woven planters for your houseplants – and we can’t think of a more perfect new home gift for someone who loves all things bright!
The craftswomen who produce these SAHIHI woven baskets all learned to weave sisal from a young age, and practise this traditional African craft within a small collective in rural Kenya. We visit and spend time with this talented group as often as we can, and have fostered a strong bond with the craftswomen and their inspiring chairlady, Madam Dorcas over the years. Before we started trading with this group, the weavers would make the long journey to Nairobi to sell their woven baskets at urban markets. These days, the women can work safely and more efficiently from home, working to complete large and regular orders from The Basket Room.
Basket production takes place mainly during Kenya’s dry seasons. Most of these weavers are from farming communities who rely on growing crops – and therefore, steady rainfall - to feed, support and clothe their families, so when farming slows down, weaving work picks up the slack. Purchasing one of our woven baskets helps us in our mission to empower African craftswomen and preserve this age-old craft.
Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
Small: 17-19cm DIA x 17-19cm H
Medium: 22-24cm DIA x 22-24cm H
Large: 27-29cm DIA x 27-29cm H
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.
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.