Introducing KITU: a one-off woolen basket bag hand woven by the Kamba tribe in Kenya. Bolts of green and pink tones with a tribal black-white and white-blue pattern for a chic bohemian effect.
This exquisite basket bag is modelled on the Kenyan kiondo (kee-yon/-doh) – a type of storage basket traditionally woven in rural Kenyan communities by mothers as wedding gifts for their daughters. Kiondo weaving was becoming a rare craft in Kenya until very recently: in 2004 only four elders from this cooperative had the experience to make them. Today there are around fifty active members reviving this stunning craft, which is typically passed down the female bloodline.
The wool used to create these elaborate designs is sourced from upcycled woolly jumpers purchased at second-hand clothes markets, and each bag takes up to six days to complete. The basket bags are then sent to a leading local leather works to be finished, being fitted with cowhide shoulder straps.
To take home one our Nifty Knit Basket Bags is to become an important part of our journey: a tale that weaves together generations of craftsmanship. We are proud to support the weavers in this truly fair trade, providing a sustainable source of income for farming communities whose primary income can be unreliable. Each woven basket is supplied with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC) LEATHER STRAPS
Dimensions: W:45cm x H:35cm 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