LLAMA: Animal Motif Embroidered Woven Storage Basket
An inquisitive llama - designed by illustrator Jacqueline Colley - peers out from the side of this beautifully handwoven storage basket. Woven in rural Kenya and embroidered by Nduta, a talented artist in the capital of Nairobi, this beautiful basket can be used all over the home - as a planter or desk tidy, or for keeping craft materials, pencils, toiletries or jewellery tidy.
These ethical baskets make delightful children’s storage and will also appeal to all of those with a playful approach to interiors - or a love of llamas! Use as a desk tidy or an indoor planter; use for storing your knitting or crafting bits; pop yours on your dressing table or use in the nursery for keeping toys, nappies or blankets tidy.
These trendy baskets also serve a fundamental purpose for the people who make them. The weavers, taught by their own mothers and grandmothers, make a vital secondary income fulfilling orders from THE BASKET ROOM. In times of unpredictable drought, flexible work like weaving enables these women - who otherwise rely solely on farming income - to better support their families throughout the seasons.
Woven from natural un-dyed sisal and sand-dyed sisal. This beautiful range of embroidered baskets is designed by The Basket Room in collaboration with British illustrator and designer Jacqueline Colley.
Learn more about the collaboration between the artists HERE.
Material: SISAL, WOOL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
Dimensions: 23-27CM DIA X 23-27CM H
Please note, due to the handmade nature of the basket, the colours may vary to that shown in the photograph.
HANDMADE IN KENYA
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.