KOFIA: Extra Small Maroon, White and Green Wool Basket
Brought to you by the most skilled and expressive weavers of the Kenyan Kamba tribe, your KOFIA is a unique creation. This boho basket boasts vibrant tones of maroon, white and green, and is woven out of the yarn from upcycled woolly jumpers.
The weavers regularly visit ‘gikombas’ (clothes markets) to select and purchase second-hand jumpers, which are then washed and unravelled into separate balls of coloured wool. Baskets take up to four days to finish.
Known officially as Kiondos (kee-yon/-doh) in rural Kenyan communities, these tribal pattern baskets were once woven by mothers as wedding gifts for their daughters – both practical and beautiful. Kiondo weaving was a dying art until only recently, with only a few elders still practising the craft.
You become a sponsor of this ethical craft when you bring home one of our woollen kiondo baskets - you also become an important part of our journey to support Kenyan weavers through fair trade. Our basket orders provide flexible and fairly paid work for the Kamba weavers, whose primary incomes rely on farming. 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)
Dimensions: 17cm DIA x 23cm HEIGHT
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & 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?