MWANA: Handwoven Red, Orange and Navy Wool Tote Bag

£ 69.00
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Description

Brought to you by the most skilled and expressive weavers of the Kenyan Kamba tribe, your MWANA is a unique creation. This basket bag boasts vibrant tones of red, orange and navy blue and is woven out of the yarn from upcycled woolly jumpers.

The weavers regularly visit ‘gikombas’ (clothes markets) to select and purchase second-hand jumpers, which are then washed and unravelled into separate balls of coloured wool. Basket bags take up to four days to finish before being sent to a local tannery to have their cow-hide shoulder straps fitted. 

Known officially as Kiondos (kee-yon/-doh) in rural Kenyan communities, these tribal pattern baskets were once woven by mothers as wedding gifts for their daughters – both practical and beautiful. Kiondo weaving was a dying art until only recently, with only a few elders still practising the craft. Today, these beautiful baskets are experiencing a revival in their new guise as versatile and unique shoulder bags.  

You become a sponsor of this ethical craft when you bring home one of our woollen kiondo baskets - you also become an important part of our journey to support Kenyan weavers. Our basket orders provide flexible and fairly paid work for the Kamba weavers, whose primary incomes rely on farming.  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

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