A gorgeous woollen basket bag with a multicoloured design, HEKIMA is hand woven by a member of the Kamba tribe in Kenya out of the yarn from second hand woolly jumpers. Each one of our Nifty Knit Basket Bags is unique, so there’s only one HEKIMA available. Once it’s sold, it’s sold out!
Originally woven by mothers as wedding gifts to their daughters, these African baskets – also known as kiondos - take extraordinary skill to produce, and up to six days to complete. The baskets are then sent to a leading local leather works to be finished with cow-hide shoulder straps. Kiondo weaving was a diminishing craft in Kenya until very recently: in 2004 only four craftswomen in the weaving cooperative had the experience to produce them, but today there are around fifty active members reviving this wonderful craft.
To own one of our unique wool bags is to become a part of our journey: a finely woven tale of ethics, beauty and craftsmanship. We are proud to support the weavers in this sustainable trade, providing an additional source of income for farming families during the dry seasons. Each ethical basket bag is supplied with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC) LEATHER STRAPS
Dimensions: W:45cm x H:35cm approx (width is measured at the widest part of the bag)
Strap Length: 29cm approx
Leather used is a by-product of the food industry.
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE AND HANDMADE IN KENYA