KICHAKA: Handwoven Slate Blue Wool and Sisal Tote Bag


£ 95.00




This slate blue and white geometric bag is hand woven over a period of six days by a weaving co-operative member in Eastern Region of Kenya. Use your KICHAKA basket bag for gym sessions, days on the beach and trips to the shops.  

Drawing upon the skills of a highly-experienced weaving cooperative and using only locally-available materials, our basket bags are 100% Kenyan. Even the leather used to produce the basket bag’s shoulder straps is a by-product of the food industry, making this oversized handbag a truly ethical fashion choice.  The fine skills used to produce these woven basket bags are passed from grandmothers to granddaughters: each bag tells a unique story of collaboration and tradition. Taking up six days to complete before its cow hide straps are crafted and fitted at a local leather works, the coloured wool used comes from repurposed jumpers and synthetic yarns. A staggering seven balls of indigenous sisal grass form the base of each patterned strand.

The women in this Kenyan weaving cooperative mainly come from farming families, reliant largely on the crop production as a source of income. During times of drought these families can struggle to produce enough harvest, and family life can suffer as a result. Weaving has become an alternative income for these women and their families, generating a fair and flexible income to pay for school fees and food, but also bringing empowerment.

Material:  Sisal and Wool (Upcycled and Synthetic), Leather Straps

Dimensions: 40cmW X 30cmH approx (width is measured at the widest part of the bag) 

Strap Length: 29cm approx

Leather used is a by-product of the food industry.

 

FAIR TRADE AND HANDMADE IN KENYA 

 


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