The JAMENI is literally one-of-a-kind: a green, grey and blue patterned storage basket, handwoven in rural Kenya. This colourful basket was produced by a highly talented weaver working within a women’s cooperative in the country’s Coastal Region, to her own design.
The Basket Room works with a Community Based Organisation (CBO) which represents these women’s groups, and financially empowers over 500 women. All of the profits from sales - as well as any other money received from donations to the CBO - are used only to offer support to these women’s groups.
The meticulous art of basket weaving is passed along the female line in rural Kenya, and these most creative weavers work to their own original patterns and designs, selecting their own dyes and colourways and enjoying full artistic expression in their work. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and the use of weavers’ feet, and then the fibres are hand rolled on the thighs to create a string-like material which is then woven using a traditional twining method. All sisal grass is hand-dyed in large vats of boiling water.
This unique woven basket can be used all over the home for tidying, storing and organising - bringing a splash of style and a pop of colour with it. Take your GONGA into the kitchen for storing vegetables, pop yours in the bathroom for storing loo rolls or toiletries, or use it in the nursery for tidying away toys, blankets and books. Its uses are endless, but for more basket inspiration, see our uses page HERE., see our uses page HERE.
Subsistence farming is the mainstay of these weavers’ livelihoods, but with crops suffering in the dry season – and the dry seasons becoming longer and more frequent - basket weaving is a vital, income-generating craft for these women. By bringing home one of these fair trade baskets you play your own part in empowering women to financially support themselves and their families through the dry seasons. Each basket comes with a thank you card from the cooperative who made yours - meet the weavers HERE.
Dimensions: 16cm DIA x 13cm H
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Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA