HAMA: Extra Large Lilac, Blue and Red Wool Basket
Handwoven by weavers of the deeply creative Kamba tribe, your HAMA storage basket is a genuinely unique work of Kenyan craft. This striped basket is durable enough to hold kindling and fireside logs, and supple enough to be used as nursery storage, as a large planter, or a colourful laundry basket. Wherever in the home you choose to use yours it is sure to bring a pop of Kenyan style with its earthy geometric bands of lilac, blue and red.
All our Nifty Knits are woven using sisal and wool from recycled jumpers. The design and colour choices rest solely with the weaver – we don’t design these ones! The weavers regularly visit ‘gikombas’ (clothes markets) to select and purchase woolly jumpers which are washed and unravelled into separate balls of coloured wool. Baskets take up to four days to finish, and weaving is often completed around agricultural duties, household chores, childcare, worship and social events.
Known officially as Kiondos (kee-yon/-doh) in rural Kenyan communities, these geometric patterned baskets were once woven by mothers as wedding gifts for their daughters – both practical and beautiful. Kiondo weaving was a diminishing craft in Kenya until very recently: in 2004 only four craftswomen in this weaving cooperative had the experience to produce them, but today there are fifty active members reviving this wonderful craft.
You become a champion of this traditional craft when you bring home one of these striped storage baskets, and an important part of our journey to support these Kenyan weavers. Our basket orders provide flexible and sustainable work for the Kamba weavers, whose primary incomes rely on farming. Each woven basket comes with a little information about the weaving cooperative, and you can read a bit more about them HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC)
Dimensions: 35-38cm HEIGHT
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
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?