Eastern Region Kenya: The Basket Room x Jigsaw
We chose to work with a group of around 100 skilled weavers for the collaboration. Like other weavers in Kenya, they weave using locally sourced sisal material and traditional techniques that have been passed down through generations from Grandmother to Granddaughter. They mostly live as farming communities, who rely heavily on the production of their crops as a source of income, but during times of drought they can struggle to produce the harvest they need to survive. Weaving provides an alternative income for them and their families, not only bringing women important empowerment, but bringing money to pay for school fees and food. It is this age-old tradition that The Basket Room is helping to protect, whilst also supporting the women in this vital, income generating craft form.