UTULIVU: Natural Woven Storage Basket
These natural woven baskets boast a stippled pattern of sand and natural grass hues, and are hand woven from sisal in Kenya. Produced by a skilled weaving cooperative member, the UTULIVU range of baskets come in three handy sizes which means there’s one for every use: from desk tidies and flower pots to kindling baskets, large planters and vegetable baskets. Wherever you pop your woven storage basket, it’s sure to add a little extra style to the home. Need more inspiration? Check out our basket uses page HERE.
The craftswomen behind our UTULIVU baskets have learned the meticulous art weaving from their mothers and grandmothers, and work within a thriving cooperative which is growing in numbers continually under the guidance of its inspirational Chairlady, Madam Dorcas. Sisal grass is usually purchased in ready-rolled batches when the cooperative receives its orders from The Basket Room, and this grass is then hand-dyed in large vats before weaving begins, using a traditional twining method. Where once these weavers would travel regularly to Nairobi to sell their woven baskets, The Basket Room keeps them busy with regular and fairly-paid basket orders, enabling these subsistence farmers to earn a flexible supplementary income in the dry seasons.
Each colourful woven basket comes with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet these weavers right HERE. To buy one of our woven baskets is to actively support the weavers’ livelihoods, and our commitment to empowering women through fair trade.
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?