Kenyan Basket Weavers | The Laundry Basket
We’ve searched across Kenya to locate the most talented communities of weavers and we’re dedicated to promoting and protecting traditional techniques. We offer two styles of laundry basket, both made in rural Kenya. Our sisal laundry baskets are woven by members of the Kamba tribe. Our sturdier doum palm lidded baskets are woven by the Turkana people.
The Kamba tribe are renowned all over the world over for their exquisite handicrafts. Basketry is one of the crafts that the Kamba – one of Kenya’s largest tribes – are best known for.
Farming is the mainstay of most Kamba weaver's domestic lives. Once married, a Kamba woman is gifted a piece of land from which to sustain her husband and her family. Rainy seasons and hard work in the fields bring cabbages and bananas, oranges, collard and tropical fruit to the table. But as drought persists, these women must increasingly look to alternative ways of providing for their families and paying school fees.
In Turkana, 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.
Shop laundry baskets from both Kamba and Turkana weavers here.