Lovely ISHI is handwoven in Kenya from charcoal-dyed sisal fibres which are harvested locally.
Everything about this beautiful bag’s creation is sustainable. Woven by cooperative members in the greater Lower Eastern region of Kenya, these sisal bags are hand finished with buttery-soft leather at a leading local tannery. Metal bead details are made from recycled scrap metal: an income source for artisans living in the Kawangware slums of Nairobi.
Weaving is a time-honoured and unhurried craft. The weaving techniques used to produce these small handbags are passed from grandmothers to mothers to granddaughters, empowering generations through the gift of self-sufficiency. Weavers do their basket weaving little and often, between daily domestic chores and crop farming duties. Basket bags are usually carried around with the weavers throughout the week, travelling between church, the shops, and trips to collect river water.
Each of our woven basket bags is a unique chapter in our story. In producing our basket bags the women of the weaving cooperative can more sufficiently support their families, whose main income relies largely on the unpredictable production of crops. Weaving work helps to pay school fees and buy food, but also brings the gift of empowerment.
All our hand-woven bags come with a thank you card from the cooperative that made it, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & LEATHER
Dimensions: W15cm x H15cm (width is measured at widest part of bag)
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA