CHEMI: Small Black and Brown Sisal Basket
The CHEMI is a beautiful synergy of 100% natural dyes: brown, black and white stripes combine in a most striking, tribal effect. This striped basket in a wonderfully fine and supple weave is one-of-a-kind, hand woven in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region by a skilled craftswoman working to her own weave patterns and colour choices.
Use your CHEMI as a planter or flower pot for indoor greenery, or pop yours on your desk to bring a splash of ethical Kenyan style to your workspace. This woven basket looks wonderful on a nightstand or dressing table, and can be used in the kitchen for storing small foodstuffs like garlic, herbs or condiments.
The Basket Room is proud to work with a Community Based Organisation representing several women’s weaving cooperatives in Kenya. These most artistic collectives enjoy the flexible working conditions offered by basket weaving, and the fair rates of pay guaranteed by working within a cooperative. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and bare feet, and then it is hand rolled on the thighs before being hand-dyed in natural dyes, in large vats of boiling water.
Basket weaving is a vibrant and income-generating art form, a craft passed down the female bloodline in Kenya. Weaving is a flexible, portable mode of work and takes place primarily during the dry seasons when crop production suffers. Each basket comes with a thank you card from the cooperative who made yours - meet the weavers HERE.
Dimensions: 18cm DIA x 18cm H
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?