MADAI: Handwoven Maroon, Pink and Yellow Wool Bucket Bag
The MADAI woven bucket bag is literally one-of-a-kind: woven by a member of Kenya’s highly creative Kamba tribe, working within a fair trade cooperative. Sporting exquisite bands of maroon, pink and yellow in a vibrant geometric design, the colourful wool used to create this drawstring bag comes from second hand jumpers.
The weavers design each basket bag themselves, choosing patterns and colourways of their own preference. Baskets take up to four days to weave, and weaving work typically takes place in lulls between farming, housework, childcare and social events. Basket weaving has become a vital source of additional income to these people, whose livelihoods otherwise depend on the unpredictable nature of agricultural work.
Featuring beautiful leather shoulder straps and a drawstring top closure with leather tassels, MADAI is the ultimate festival bag. Once weaving is complete, each bag in this collection is taken to a local tannery where cow hide shoulder straps are produced and attached by artisan leatherworkers. Sustainable through and through, MADAI’s brass bead rivets are made from recycled and sand-casted scrap metal: an income source for artisans living in the Kawangware slums of Nairobi.
These drawstring bags are inspired by Kenyan kiondo baskets, which were originally woven by mothers as wedding gifts to their daughters. Once a dying craft, today kiondo weaving is experiencing a revival that you can become a part of.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC) LEATHER STRAPS
Dimensions: Bottom Diameter: 24cm, Basket Height: 27cm
Leather used is a by-product of the food industry.
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?