Meet vibrant BARABARA a colourful, patterned basket bag hand woven by the Kamba tribe in Kenya. Its made of tones of green and brown bands against beige and black.
These ethical baskets are known traditionally as kiondos (kee-yon/-doh) and were originally made in rural Kenyan communities by mothers as wedding gifts to their daughters. Weaving this particular type of basket bag was until recently a dying art: in 2004 only four elders from the weaving group had the skills make Kiondos, but today there are fifty skilled weavers bringing this wonderful craft back to life and these beautiful baskets are entering a renaissance as nifty and beautiful shoulder bags.
The wool used to weave the exquisite patterns into these colourful bags comes from upcycled jumpers bought at local clothes markets, and the bags are then finished in a local leather works with supple cow hide straps for carrying. The weaving alone takes up to six days to finish.
To take home one our woollen basket bags is to become an important part of our journey: an intricately woven tale of ethics and craftsmanship. We are proud to support the weavers in this truly fair trade, providing a sustainable source of income for farming communities whose primary income can be unreliable. Each woven basket bag is supplied with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC) LEATHER STRAPS
Dimensions: W:45cm x H:35cm approx (width is measured at the widest part of the bag)
Strap Length: 29cm approx
Leather used is a by-product of the food industry.
FAIR TRADE AND HANDMADE IN KENYA