AGOSTI: Black and White Bread Basket
Give your dining table a stylish update with this AGOSTI woven bread basket, hand made in Kenya from hand-stripped, hand-rolled, hand-dyed sisal grass. Sporting a white and black stripe against a natural undyed base, this ethical woven basket will bring a pop of Kenyan colour to mealtimes, whether you use yours for bread rolls, fruit or even your beloved avocadoes!
AGOSTI was created by a talented craftswoman working within a weaving cooperative in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region. This collective produces unique woven baskets to their own individual designs, choosing their preferred patterns and colourways – so each woven bread basket is unique. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and bare feet, and then it is hand rolled on the thighs before being dyed in vats of boiling water.
Basket weaving brings a vital second income to the weavers who are primarily women from farming families. With crops and livestock suffering in the dry season, basket weaving enables these women to make up the shortfall, and more. These craftswomen are paid a fair wage for each basket they produce, and empowered to support themselves and their families with extra money to pay for school fees and buy food with.
Each unique woven basket comes with a little information about the cooperative who made yours - meet the weavers from this region HERE.
Dimensions: 20cm dia x 8cm h approx
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIRTRADE & 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?