AMBIA is a beautiful yellow and green checked basket with bold pink stripes– a truly Kenyan celebration of colour and craft, woven by a member of the Kamba tribe from wool and sisal. No two baskets are the same since each is made to a unique design. Use yours as a laundry basket or a large planter, in the nursery for toy storage or by the fireside for storing kindling.
This basket is an original design with geometric woven patterns and tribal inspiration. Known officially as Kiondos (kee-yon/-doh) and made in rural communities in Kenya, these baskets were originally woven by mothers as practical and beautiful wedding gifts for their daughters. Traditional kiondo weaving is seeing a revival at the moment thanks to demand, and elders are continuing to pass on this fine skill to daughters and granddaughters.
Durable and totally unique, these baskets are made from wool from second hand jumpers bound around local sisal grass. The weavers regularly visit the ‘gikombas’ (clothes markets) to select and purchase colourful woollen jumpers which are then taken home, washed and unravelled into separate balls of coloured wool. The weavers of the Kamba tribe are extremely creative and skilled, enjoying free reign over colours and patterns, weaving each basket to their own individual styles and tastes. Baskets take up to four days to weave, and weaving is often completed around agricultural duties, household chores, childcare and social events.
Support the revival of the beautiful art of kiondo weaving when you purchase one of our woollen baskets: in doing so you also help us to support these weavers in a truly fair trade. Basket weaving has become a flexible, supplementary source of additional income for the weavers, whose main earnings come from farming – a line of work which depends heavily on rainfall and can prove unsustainable. Each ethical basket is supplied with a little information about the weaving cooperative, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC)
Dimensions: Dia: 21cm | Height: 27cm
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE AND HANDMADE IN KENYA