KIJITI: Monochrome Yarn & Leather Crossbody Bag
This fabulous black and white geometric patterned bag with zip closure is a new addition for 2019 and hand woven by a member of a family run weaving co-operative in Eastern Region of Kenya.
Everything about this beautiful bag’s creation is ethical and sustainable, from the indigenous sisal fibres to the coloured yarn. Once woven, these bags are sent to a leading leather workshop where cow hide shoulder straps are produced and attached by artisan leatherworkers. Weaving methods are passed from grandmothers to granddaughters, and so each bag tells a unique story of collaboration and ethics.
The women in the weaving cooperative mainly come from farming families, reliant mainly on the production of crops as a source of income - but during times of drought they can struggle to produce enough harvest. Weaving is an alternative income for these women and their families, generating money to pay for school fees and food, but also bringing 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 and Yarn (Synthetic), Leather Straps
Dimensions: 30cm W X 25cm H approx (width is measured at the widest part of the bag)
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE AND HANDMADE IN KENYA
The weavers are our life force - the sheer spirit of THE BASKET ROOM and the raw talent behind every fair trade basket we sell. Every woven basket has been worked on exclusively by one weaver, and each basket is their very own work of art before it becomes yours. Woven meticulously over a number of days, your basket has accompanied its creator on their daily errands from home to field to farm, enabling the weavers to earn a precious second income without having to give up their other jobs and responsibilities.
We’ve searched far and wide to partner up with the most remarkable artisans and networks of weaving cooperatives in Africa. We’re proud and privileged to regularly spend time with them all - getting to know the people, the raw materials and the harvesting, dyeing and weaving processes, first-hand.
The weavers take centre stage. These are their stories. Listen and share.
Where Are The Baskets Made?