PALE: Natural Lidded Laundry Basket

3 Reviews
£ 85.00
Tax included. Shipping calculated at checkout.

Upstyle your laundry room and bring a little joy to laundry day with the stunning PALE laundry hamper - woven by hand on the shores of Lake Turkana in North Western Kenya. Woven from hand-dyed doum palm leaf which grows wild in the arid Turkana landscape, these lidded laundry baskets are structurally robust and aesthetically pleasing. This collection comes in three sizes.

These laundry baskets have travelled from the shores of the Jade Sea on a bold journey of sustainable craft and ethical production. The Turkana region of Kenya – its largest county - is part of the famous ‘Cradle of Mankind’, where some of the earliest evidence of human evolution has been found. It’s also a part of Africa infamous for severe drought, which this landscape has suffered from since the eighties.

In 1992, a Catholic charity started up a basketry craft project in Turkana to help combat the effects of long-term marginalisation, poor infrastructure and weak integration with the wider Kenyan economy.  Today, 300 women from six local villages weave baskets here as a means of income.

For many of these weavers, weaving these laundry baskets means the difference between paying school fees and not. For this collective to continue to thrive and grow means sustainable livelihoods for more families, and essential growth of the Turkana economy. 




S: DIA: 40-44cm | H: 40-44cm
M: DIA: 45-49cm | H: 45-49cm
L: DIA: 50-55cm | H: 50-55cm

Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.



Delivery Info



For parcels to European destinations please allow 5 days for delivery. 

We are pleased to announce that from 22nd July 2021 we will be sending all European customer orders delivered duty paid (DDP). This means most EU based customers will no longer have to pay any additional import duty or taxes before receiving their orders.

Due to in country export changes the following countries will be subject to additional charges to receive their order. We will also require a personal tax number for dispatch:

Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Spain


We aim to dispatch all orders within 1 working day*, once your payment has been confirmed.

For orders £20 and under:

  • Royal Mail Tracked 48 at £ 2.95
  • Royal Mail Tracked 24 at £ 3.45
  • DPD Standard (1-2 working days) at £ 4.95
  • DPD Express Next Day (order by 2pm) at £6.95
  • DPD Express Next Day by 12pm (order by 2pm) at £12.95
  • DPD Saturday Delivery (order by 2pm on the Friday) at £10.95

For orders £20.01 and over

  • DPD Standard (1-2 working days) at £ 4.95
  • DPD Express Next Day (order by 2pm) at £6.95
  • DPD Express Next Day by 12pm (order by 2pm) at £12.95
  • DPD Saturday Delivery (order by 2pm on the Friday) at £10.95

FREE Delivery for orders £100 and over

  • DPD Standard (1-2 working days) FREE

Free Click and Collect:

  • Available from our Oxfordshire based office (address below) select pickup option at checkout. Pick up available during office hours of Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, you will be notified by email once your order is ready for collection.
The Basket Room
9 Worcester Rd Ind. Estate
Chipping Norton
Tel: 01608 239482

*Please note orders to N.Ireland & Highlands will take 2-3 days from dispatch.



We deliver worldwide, postage prices are based on the total weight of your order, calculated at the checkout. Most services are sent Tracked & Signed unless otherwise stated.

Please note, most countries will charge import duty on goods over a certain value, it is the buyer's responsibility to pay any charges that occur on importation at destination. 

If you cannot see your country listed, please contact to provide you with a shipping quote. 



It is very rare that items will get lost in the post. If there is no sign of your basket after 10 days, the plan of action is:

  1. Check the shipping address on your order confirmation.
  2. Check with your neighbours – sometimes the courier will leave parcels with your close neighbours.
  3. If no luck, please contact us and we will try to help solve the problem



Collection of your baskets direct from a fair or event that we're exhibiting may be possible. Please phone Holly on 01608 239482 to arrange it with 48 hrs advance notice. In this case, postage costs will be refunded.



You have the right to cancel your order, however if the order has already been processed and shipped by The Basket Room, you will need to follow the standard returns procedure. Please let us know as soon as possible.



All of our baskets are exquisitely handmade in remote rural corners of Africa using natural materials, one piece at a time, with no two baskets the same. Although every effort is made to create only the best product, there may be natural blemishes or bumps and curves in places, as well as patches of dirt that can be sometimes noticed on the recycled wool sisal mix baskets. These should not be misconstrued as flaws, but are what make each basket a handmade product, charming and unique. 

In addition to this, as each basket is individually hand woven some variation in size and colour may occur. If you need a specific size please let us know prior to placing your order. By purchasing this product online, you agree with these disclaimers.



If your basket gets wet, simply leave it to dry naturally and re-shape. When not in use, we recommend storing somewhere completely dry and warm (and damp proof!) 

As dyes are natural, colours may fade over time if basket is in direct sunlight.

Please be aware as the baskets are made of grass any areas in the home where there may be moisture in the air could cause your basket to grow mould. 

When using our baskets as planters or to cover plastic pots, please ensure a plastic dish is used in the bottom to catch any excess water as the sisal may rot and dyes may run.



If you decide you don’t like your basket we will be happy to accept returns, and refund you for the item as long as it is returned to us within 21 days of purchase. Returned products must be in the same condition as was received, complete with original swing tags and labels attached. Where possible, please include a note or brief reason for return. Unfortunately we can’t refund the cost of shipping and we do require you to pay for the postage of your returned items. Used or customer damaged items cannot be refunded or exchanged. We advise you to send this as recorded post, or keep a copy of proof of postage in the event that the package goes missing.

If your basket arrives with you damaged from the post on it's way out to you, and you would like to return it, we will of course be happy to reimburse for the item and the cost of shipping as long as you let us know about the damaged basket within 1 week of receiving your item/s.

All returns should be sent to:

The Basket Room
9 Worcester Road Industrial Estate
Chipping Norton
Tel: 01608 239482

Please note if a safe place of delivery is requested, we cannot be held responsible for any damage or theft of items.


Customer Reviews
5.0 Based on 3 Reviews
5 ★
4 ★
3 ★
2 ★
1 ★
Write a Review

Thank you for submitting a review!

Your input is very much appreciated. Share it with your friends so they can enjoy it too!

Filter Reviews:
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product


So pleased I found this website. I absolutely love that everything is handmade and supportive of a god cause. I'd much rather spend my money on these sorts of initiatives than on cheap, unnatural products. My only feedback is that perhaps rethink the excess of plastic packaging used, if possible. The basket is lovely and very sturdy yet light - perfect. Thank you.


The Basket Room

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review, and your feedback about packaging. Unfortunately due to their size these laundry baskets are overly expensive to send outside of mainland UK unless we wrap them to minimise their size. We recycle sacks from our shipments to try to limit the amount of virgin plastic used in this process. We're glad you love the basket itself! Thank you for your support.

United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Very well made basket.

My order arrived very quickly. Very good customer service.


The Basket Room

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you had a positive experience with us at The Basket Room. Enjoy your basket!

Penelope G.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Sturdy laundry basket

I am very pleased with this sturdy laundry basket, which is big enough to hold our week's laundry. The handles make it easy to carry downstairs to the washing machine. The materials are all natural, which is important to us. I like the cream colour too. It came quickly in the post.


The Basket Room

Thank you for your lovely review! We are very happy to hear you love the laundry basket. Thank you for shopping with The Basket Room