JAMILA: Charcoal Fringed Raffia Hanger
With its abstract shapes in organically-dyed black, pink and mustard, JAMILA is a striking, decorative piece of natural woven art, designed to be hung either flat against a wall or as a floating mobile. We are delighted to be bringing these captivating works of African art to The Basket Room.
Designed by Nina Howard of FLOC and woven by groups of women in small cooperatives across remote regions of Uganda, these unique hangers are handwoven with local raffia, wound stitch by stitch around a small bundle of local sweetgrass. The JAMILA design features three fringed semi-circles hung from a central thread, with a black pom pom at the bottom of the stack.
Each section of this woven hanger moves freely, so you can either hang yours in open space like a traditional mobile and enjoy its mesmerising movement, or hang it flat against a wall – with or without accompanying wall hangings and baskets. A hand stitched loop enables easy hanging wherever you choose to display your JAMILA raffia hanger: they bring a soothing magic to bedrooms of children and adults alike, and are equally striking hung flat against a gallery wall in a sitting room, study or bedroom.
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.