Notre voyage vers un style durable a commencé au Kenya, et la part du lion de nos paniers tissés est fabriquée au Kenya. Alors que chaque région du Kenya possède sa propre richesse naturelle, chaque coopérative avec laquelle nous collaborons offre une expertise dans sa propre forme unique de vannerie. Les techniques de tissage, de teinture et de roulage de l'herbe diffèrent selon les régions, tout comme les formes, les motifs et les structures des paniers. Ces précieux métiers sont tissés de génération en génération au sein des familles - transmis en fil continu de mère en fille - protégeant et préservant une forme d'art aussi ancienne que l'homme.

Vastes et colorés, vibrants et débordants de beauté et de style naturels, nos paniers du commerce équitable sont aussi éclectiques que leur pays d'origine et ses habitants. De l'herbe de sisal au palmier doum, en passant par les fibres de feuilles de bananier et les feuilles de palmier, chaque coopérative de tissage travaille avec ce qui est disponible localement et uniquement avec ce qui peut provenir de sources durables, pour produire de magnifiques paniers 100 % kenyans et produits de manière éthique. Toutes les étiquettes de sacs, sangles et étiquettes de paniers en peau de vache sont fabriquées à partir de cuir provenant d'un sous-produit de l'industrie alimentaire. Les colorants naturels proviennent de racines, d'écorces et de légumes pilés de la région, tandis que tous les colorants synthétiques proviennent de sources durables.

De la tribu Kamba aux éleveurs de chameaux Ariaal du nord du Kenya, vous pouvez en savoir plus sur la vie des tisserands kenyans avec lesquels nous travaillons - et sur les merveilleux paniers qu'ils produisent - ci-dessous.

Rencontrez les artisans

Qui a fabriqué votre panier ?

Meet The weavers

Who Made Your Basket

Our journey into sustainable style began in Kenya, and the lion’s share of our woven baskets are Kenyan-made. Whilst every region of Kenya boasts its own rich natural bounty, each group we partner with offers expertise in its own unique form of basketry. Weaving, dyeing and grass-rolling techniques differ across the regions as much as basket shapes, patterns and structures. These precious crafts are woven through the generations within families - passed along continuous thread from mother to daughter - protecting and preserving an art form as old as man.

Vast and colourful, vibrant and bursting with natural beauty and style, our handwoven baskets are as eclectic as their homeland and its people. From sisal grass to doum palm, banana leaf fibres to palm leaf, each weaving group works with what is locally available and only what can be sustainably sourced, to produce beautiful baskets which are 100% Kenyan made, and ethically produced. All cow hide bag tags, straps, and basket labels are made from leather sourced as a by-product of the food industry. Natural dyes come from pounded roots, bark and vegetables of the region, whilst all synthetic dyes are AZO-free.

From the Kamba tribe to the camel-herding Ariaal pastoralists of Northern Kenya, you can read more about the lives of the Kenyan weavers we work with - and the wonderful baskets they produce - below.

Empowering female basket weavers

Weaving The Future

This four-minute film takes you on a journey deep into the heart of one of the women’s weaving cooperatives we work with in rural eastern Kenya. Here you’ll meet women like Alice, Peninah and Margaret, who each offer candid insights into how basket weaving brings them independence in various forms.


The Basket Room's Kenyan Weaving Partners

Sisal Baskets - Eastern Kenya

Founded in 1988, this weaving cooperative employs over 2000 women split into thirty regional groups, and is officiated by weavers themselves: a shining example of a self-sustaining business with embedded leadership.

We work with them to produce our Sisal Colour Block Baskets, Shoppers & Tableware.

  • Weaving Cooperative
  • 2030 Female Basket Weavers
  • The Basket Room Partner since 2015

Sisal Baskets - Eastern Kenya

Led by their inspirational chairlady Dorcas Ndinda, these artisans live south west of Nairobi in an arid area, amongst the hills and pineapple fields. They are especially skilled in producing repeat pattern storage baskets to exacting standards and dimensions.

We work with them to produce our Sisal Striped, Checked & Plain Baskets and our Tableware.

  • Managed by Madam Dorcas
  • 150 Female Basket Weavers
  • The Basket Room Partner since 2015

Sisal Baskets - Eastern Kenya

This weaving collective was set up single-handedly by a Kenyan entrepreneur and mother-of-three, where she lives in rural Kenya. She now leads twelve weaving groups with over thirty weavers in each group.

We work with them to produce our Sisal Laundry Baskets and Sisal Tote Bags.

  • Family run business
  • 500 Female Basket Weavers
  • The Basket Room Partner since 2015

Sisal Baskets - South-East Kenya

The Basket Room partners with a Community Based Organisation (CBO) which represents a number of women’s weaving cooperatives. All of the profits from sales - as well as any other money received from donations to the CBO - are used only to offer support to these women’s groups. 

We work with them to produce our Planter Baskets, Sisal Wall Hangings, Bread Baskets and Beach Bags.

  • Community Based Organisation
  • 1050 Female Basket Weavers
  • The Basket Room Partner since 2014

Doum Palm Baskets - North-West Kenya

The weavers of these beaded baskets are semi-nomadic pastoralists (herding camels, cattle, sheep and goats) known collectively as Ariaal: not fully Samburu nor fully Rendille but a rich mixture of the two tribal cultures. The Ariaal are known for their ability to innovate, borrowing and adapting styles from both traditions - in house building, in bead making and in handicrafts.

We work with them to produce our beaded baskets.

  • Weaving Cooperative
  • 120 Female Basket Weavers
  • The Basket Room Partner since 2015

Sisal Mats - Eastern Kenya

Bernard Nyerere Kimuli (or 'Buffulo' as he is famously known as in his village) weaves all our rugs and runners at The Basket Room. We call him ‘The Last Loom Weaver,’ because there are now extraordinarily few weavers in Kenya with the skills that Bernard has mastered.

We work with Bernard to produce our Rugs, Runners and Doormats.

  • Independent Loom Weaver
  • 1 Male Weaver
  • The Basket Room Partner since 2017

Yarn Baskets - Eastern Kenya

In 2004, there were only 4 elders from this Weaving group remaining in the area who could weave these baskets! There are now 100 members in the cooperative reviving this dying art and new members joining to learn the skill of their ancestors. 

We work with them to produce our Upcycled Yarn Baskets.

  • Weaving Cooperative
  • 100 Female Basket Weavers
  • The Basket Room Partner since 2016

Doum Palm Baskets - North-West Kenya

We work with a group comprising of 300 talented women from 6 local villages. These women were mostly taught to weave by their mothers and grandmothers - and they continue to pass on this skillful craft to younger generations today.

We work with them to produce our Palm Laundry Baskets.

  • Not-for-Profit Social Enterprise
  • 80 Female Basket Weavers
  • The Basket Room Partner since 2017

Sisal Baskets - Eastern Kenya

This weaving cooperative is over 700-women strong, and was founded in 2011. This is a relatively new weaving co-operative, and there are plans to pay its members a regular dividend in time: money, which will help families to pay school fees and meet medical bills.

We work with them to produce our Embroidered Baskets.

  • Weaving Cooperative
  • 80 Female Basket Weavers
  • The Basket Room Partner since 2015