CHOCHA: Sky Blue Bread Basket
Bring some extra style to your brunch date with the CHOCHA fair trade bread basket, with its stunning sky blue stripes popping against a natural sisal base. Hand woven Kenya’s rural Coastal Region, this beautiful dining table piece is utterly unique: made once and sold once. Fill yours with freshly baked rolls, slices of morning toast, or use it as a fruit bowl or a home for your avocadoes.
CHOCHA was created by a skilled craftswoman working as part of a weaving cooperative in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region. This group produces one-off woven baskets to their own preferred designs, choosing their preferred patterns and colour combos. Local sisal grass is hand-stripped using wooden tools and bare feet, then hand rolled on the thighs before being dyed in boiling water.
Basket weaving is an empowering craft, bringing a vital second income to these weavers who are primarily women from farming families. With crops and livestock suffering in the dry season, basket weaving makes up the shortfall so that weavers can pay school fees and medical bills, and make essential home improvements. These craftswomen are paid a pre-agreed fee for each basket they produce, and can take their weaving work with them wherever they go. Each unique woven basket comes with a little information about the cooperative who made yours - meet the weavers from this region HERE.
Dimensions: 20cm W x 8cm H approx
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIRTRADE & 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?