MAARIFU: Handwoven Green, Red and Blue Wool Tote Bag
Meet vibrant MAARIFU a colourful basket bag hand woven by the Kamba tribe in Kenya. Bands of green, red and blue patterning, creating a bohemian, tribal effect.
These ethical baskets are known traditionally as kiondos (kee-yon/-doh) and were originally made in rural Kenyan communities by mothers as wedding gifts to their daughters. Weaving this particular type of basket bag was until recently a dying art: in 2004 only four elders from the weaving group had the skills make Kiondos, but today there are fifty skilled weavers bringing this wonderful craft back to life and these beautiful baskets are entering a renaissance as nifty and beautiful shoulder bags.
The wool used to weave the exquisite patterns into these colourful bags comes from upcycled jumpers bought at local clothes markets, and the bags are then finished in a local leather works with supple cow hide straps for carrying. The weaving alone takes up to six days to finish.
To take home one our woollen basket bags is to become an important part of our journey: an intricately woven tale of ethics and craftsmanship. We are proud to support the weavers, providing a sustainable source of income for farming communities whose primary income can be unreliable. Each woven 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: 40cmW X 30cmH 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.
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.
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