BEGA: Medium Turquoise and Brown Sisal Basket
This turquoise and brown patterned basket is one-of-a-kind. The meticulous art of basket weaving is passed along the female line in rural Kenya, and each piece in this very special collection of woven baskets is a true one-off. The BEGA was hand-woven and hand-dyed in rural Kenya from hand-stripped, hand-rolled sisal grass. Its creator? A highly talented craftswoman working within a weaving cooperative in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region.
This tremendously artistic group of weavers produce woven baskets to their own unique designs, selecting the patterns and colourways that best showcase their own exceptional talents. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and the weavers’ feet, and then it is hand rolled on the thighs before being woven using a traditional twining method. All sisal grass is hand-dyed in large vats of boiling water.
This unique woven basket can be used all over the home for tidying, storing and organising - bringing a splash of style and a pop of colour with it. Take your BEGA into the kitchen for storing vegetables, pop yours in the bathroom for storing loo rolls or toiletries, or use it in the nursery for tidying away toys, blankets and books. Its uses are endless, but for more basket inspiration, see our uses page HERE.
The Basket Room works with a Community Based Organisation representing several women’s weaving cooperatives in Kenya. Profits from sales and all donations to the CBO are used to offer further support to these women’s groups. Weaving takes place primarily during the dry seasons, since most weavers are subsistence farmers using basket weaving as a supplementary means of income. To own one of our woven baskets is to support us in our journey to empower women, since basket weaving enables these women to provide for themselves and their families, and to overcome barriers. Meet the weavers from this region HERE.
Dimensions: 27cm DIA x 25cm H
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Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & 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?