CHINI: Extra Small Pink, Green and Red Wool Basket
A gorgeous sisal and yarn geometric basket with an pretty pink zigzags and red checkered stripes - CHINI 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. Each ethical basket is supplied with a little information about the weaving cooperative, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC)
Dimensions: 18cm DIA x 21cm HEIGHT
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE AND 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?