AMINIA: Extra Large Blue, Red and Orange Wool Basket
Meet bold AMINIA: a striking geometric basket hand woven by women working within several weaving cooperatives in Eastern Kenya and Nairobi. Bands of bright blue and red stand against orange, creating a bohemian, tribal effect. These baskets are perfect as large planters, laundry baskets and hampers for shoes, toys, kindling, yoga gear or general clutter.
These intricate and colourful woven baskets are known traditionally as Kiondos (kee-yon/-doh) and were originally made by mothers as wedding gifts to their daughters. Kiondo weaving was a declining craft until recently, and even now there are only a few groups in Kenya keeping this form of basket weaving alive.
A twining method is used to create these African baskets: a process performed with two woollen elements bound around a central ‘stake’ of local sisal twine. The wool used to weave the exquisite patterns into these colourful baskets comes from upcycled jumpers, purchased from second hand clothes markets. Jumpers are taken home and washed, then the wool is unravelled into balls of separate colours. The weavers themselves decide which colours and patterns to use, enjoying full artistic license. Each woven basket takes up to four days to complete, and no two are exactly the same: your AMINIA is unique!
To own one of our woollen baskets is to become an important part of our journey: a tale of sustainability and craftsmanship. We are proud to support the weavers in a truly fair trade, providing a sustainable source of income for farming communities whose primary income can be unreliable. 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: 30cm | Height: 34cm
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE AND 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?