TAIFA: Brown/Black Cloud Woven Storage Basket
Our beautiful TAIFA baskets all boast a beautiful dark brown and natural tie-dye effect, featuring flecks of pinks throughout the weave! Hand woven in in South Western Kenya, these natural woven baskets can be put to good use all over the home as chic and practical storage baskets. This basket can be purchased in three different handy sizes. Smaller baskets can be used as stylish desk tidies, planters for cacti and succulents, and flower pots. The larger sizes make fabulous storage baskets for bathroom supplies and toiletries to hats, gloves and scarves.
The craftswomen who produce the TAIFA baskets work within a large weaving cooperative, benefitting from fairly-paid work and flexible workloads. The Basket Room works with these particular weaving groups because of their skills in weaving repeat patterns, meeting weekly with their managers to negotiate work, deliver completed orders and receive their wages. A traditional twining method is used to produce this range of sisal baskets: an intricate weave which uses two elements woven skillfully around a central spoke. The groups purchase sisal grass ready-rolled once we place our orders with these weaving cooperatives, and it is then hand-dyed in large vats before being hung to dry.
Each cloud basket is supplied information about the cooperative who made yours, and you can meet the weavers HERE. Weaving takes place largely during the dry seasons when work is scarce, since the majority of weavers are from farming families who rely largely on subsistence farming. To take home one of our unique woven baskets is to support us in empowering women to provide for themselves and their families.
Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
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?