MADINI: Black/Natural Patterned Pendant Shade
Boasting tribal-inspired stripes in black against a natural sisal base, the MADINI will bring a natural sense of texture and style to any room.
Skillfully handwoven from indigenous sisal fibres, these stunning lampshades are produced in Eastern Kenya by members of a cooperative – all members of the highly creative Kamba tribe. Most of these weavers are primarily farmers, reliant on rainfall to grow crops and breed livestock. Basket weaving has become a flexible source of additional income for these people during times of drought, helping women support themselves and their families more sustainably.
Each lampshade is supplied with a thank you card from the weaving co-operative that made yours. Want to know more about the wonderful women behind the shades? Meet the weavers here.
Shade Type - Pendant
Attachment Type - Screw on
No need for an electrician.
Material: SISAL GRASS
Dimensions: W25cm x H25cm approximately.
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
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.