CHAFUKA: Large Brown, Black and White Fringed Wall Hanging
The CHAFUKA woven wall hanging is literally one-of-a-kind: a large circular mat with fine fringing and a simple hanging loop, woven with intricate bands of black, brown and white. This unique piece of African wall art was produced by an experienced weaver working within a women’s cooperative in Kenya’s Coastal Region and is her own design. This truly unique woven wall hanging in natural tones will bring a dash of ethical style to any corner of the home.
The Basket Room works with a Community Based Organisation (CBO) which represents these women’s groups, and financially empowers over 500 women. All of the profits from sales - as well as any other money received from donations to the CBO - are used only to offer support to these women’s groups.
The age-old art of basket weaving is passed along the female line in rural Kenya, and these most creative weavers work to their own original patterns and designs, selecting their own dyes and colourways and enjoying full artistic expression in their work. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and the use of weavers’ feet, and then the fibres are hand rolled on the thighs to create a string-like material which is then woven using a traditional twining method. All sisal grass is hand-dyed in large vats of boiling water.
Subsistence farming is the mainstay of these weavers’ livelihoods, but with crops suffering in the dry season – and the dry seasons becoming longer and more frequent - basket weaving is a vital, income-generating craft for these women. By bringing home one of these colourful woven wall hangings you play your own part in empowering women to financially support themselves and their families through the dry seasons. Meet the weavers from this region HERE.
Dimensions: 43 cm Dia
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
HANDMADE IN KENYA