INULIWA: Small Blue and Yellow Sisal Basket
Unique, exquisite and hand woven in rural Kenya. There is only one INULIWA: once it’s gone, it’s gone. This striped basket in blue and yellow has been woven by hand from hand-dyed, hand-stripped, hand-rolled sisal grass. Its creator? An experienced and highly creative female weaver in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region, exercising her artistic freedom to produce baskets in the patterns and colourways of her own choice.
Use your INULIWA woven basket as a planter for homing your house plants and succulents, or if your desk is crying out for a splash of colour you could use this unique woven basket for storing stationery. Use yours on the dressing table for tidying away perfumes and jewellery, or pop yours on the bathroom shelf for hiding away toiletries and loo rolls. For more basket inspiration, see our uses page HERE.
The Basket Room works with a Community Based Organisation representing several women’s weaving cooperatives in this area of Kenya. Profits from sales and donations to the CBO are used only to offer support to these women’s groups. Working within a weaving cooperative provides these women with the opportunity to financially support themselves and their families through the dry seasons, since most weavers are subsistence farmers. Meet the weavers from this region HERE.
Dimensions: 21cm Dia x 18cm H
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Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
HANDMADE IN KENYA
Our journey into sustainable style began in Kenya, and the lion’s share of our woven baskets are Kenyan-made. Whilst every region of Kenya boasts its own rich natural bounty, each cooperative we partner with offers expertise in its own unique form of basketry. Weaving, dyeing and grass-rolling techniques differ across the regions as much as basket shapes, patterns and structures. These precious crafts are woven through the generations within families - passed along continuous thread from mother to daughter - protecting and preserving an art form as old as man.
Vast and colourful, vibrant and bursting with natural beauty and style, our fair trade baskets are as eclectic as their homeland and its people. From sisal grass to doum palm, banana leaf fibres to palm leaf, each weaving cooperative works with what is locally available and only what can be sustainably sourced, to produce beautiful baskets which are 100% Kenyan made, and ethically produced. All cow hide bag tags, straps, and basket labels are made from leather sourced as a by-product of the food industry. Natural dyes come from pounded roots, bark and vegetables of the region, whilst all synthetic dyes are sustainably sourced.
From the Kamba tribe to the camel-herding Ariaal pastoralists of Northern Kenya, you can read more about the lives of the Kenyan weavers we work with - and the wonderful baskets they produce - below.