JABALI: Natural Fringed Raffia Hanger
The JABALI raffia wall hanger is a totally unique and natural work of kinetic art, designed by Nina Howard of FLOC and woven by groups of women in small cooperatives across rural areas of Uganda. We are thrilled to be bringing these breath-taking works of African art to The Basket Room.
JABALI features three fringed raffia semi-circles hung from a central thread, with a pom pom as the final, playful flourish.
These wall hangers are handwoven from undyed sweetgrass and raffia. Each section moves independently, so you can either hang yours freely like a mobile and enjoy the gentle swaying movement of the piece, or hang it flat against a wall. A hand stitched loop enables easy installation wherever you choose to display your raffia hanger: they’re captivating in children’s nurseries and equally striking hung flat against a gallery wall in a bedroom or sitting room.
Material: Sweetgrass and Raffia
Length (excluding the string) 88cm, full 100cm
Width (widest part) 44cm
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN UGANDA
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.