LIWE: Grey, Natural & White Twist Woven Storage Basket
Earthy hues mingle with pure cloudy white and dusky blue in this simple collection of natural woven baskets, hand dyed using naturally-derived charcoal. These LIWE tie-dye baskets are produced in three sizes and hand woven in South Western Kenya. Spruce up your home office set-up with a new planter or desk tidy or use yours for tidying away everything from TV remotes and cables to knitting, hats, gloves and scarves.
The craftswomen who produce this range of baskets work as part of a group of rural weaving cooperatives, using the skills passed to them by family matriarchs to produce our set sizes and repeat patterns. These weavers meet weekly with their managers to arrange work, deliver completed orders and pick up wages, and communicate by mobile phone between meetings. Kenyan sisal grass is sourced ready-rolled when our orders come in to the cooperatives, and is then hand-dyed in large vats before weaving begins. The classic twining method is used to produce our CLOUD baskets: an intricate weave which uses two strands woven simultaneously around a central spoke.
Each basket comes with a thank you card from the cooperative who made your basket. Meet the weavers HERE. Weaving takes place largely during the dry seasons, since the majority of weavers are from farming families who survive for the rest of the year on subsistence farming. To take home one of our woven baskets is to support us in empowering women to provide for themselves and their families through taking part in dignified, flexible and fairly-paid work.
For more basket inspiration, see our uses page HERE.
Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
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.
FAIR TRADE & 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.
Where Are The Baskets Made?