A gorgeous sisal and yarn geometric basket with an elaborate red, yellow, brown and black design - BEGA is hand woven by women working as part of small weaving cooperatives in Eastern Kenya and Nairobi. Make a bold statement all over the home with this striking woven basket which makes a fabulous planter as well as fun storage for nursery toys, fireside kindling and even hats, shoes and scarves.
These African woven baskets are known traditionally as Kiondos (kee-yon/-doh) and were woven by mothers as unique wedding gifts for their daughters. Kiondo weaving has recently been a dying art in Kenya, though today it is seeing a renaissance thanks to the handful of small weaving groups still practising this age-old craft.
A twining method is used to create these African baskets: two woollen elements are skilfully bound around a central pole of local sisal grass. Once orders come in, weavers travel to local ‘gikombas’ (second hand clothes markets) to purchase colourful woollen jumpers which are then taken home, washed and unravelled into separate balls of wool. The weavers of these cooperatives are especially creative and experienced, so they enjoy free choice of colours and designs, weaving each basket to their own preferred style and colourways. Baskets take up to four days to weave, and weaving is often done around farm work, household chores, social engagements and childcare. No two baskets are the same since each is made to a unique design.
To purchase one of our woollen baskets is to support the revival of kiondo weaving, and in doing so you help us to support the weavers in a truly fair trade. Basket weaving has become a sustainable source of additional income for the weavers, whose main earnings come from farming – a line of work increasingly vulnerable to drought. You can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC)
Dimensions: 35-38cm HEIGHT
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA