MALI: Large Green, Orange and Brown Sisal Basket
The MALI is one-of-a-kind: a green, orange and brown storage basket. This colourful basket was produced by an extremely artistic craftswoman working within a weaving cooperative in rural Kenya, and created to her very own design. Unique, exquisite and hand woven with love - there is only one MALI. Once it’s gone, it’s gone – so snap it up now!
The making process is lengthy for each unique fine weave basket. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and the weavers’ feet, and then it is hand rolled on the thighs before being woven using a traditional twining method. All sisal grass is hand-dyed in large vats of boiling water, and a traditional twining method is used – passed down from grandmother to mother to daughter.
This unique woven basket can be used all over the home for tidying, storing and organising. Pop MALI in the kitchen for storing fruit or veg, use it in the bathroom for storing loo rolls or toiletries, or fill it with toys, blankets and books in the playroom. The possibilities are endless, but for more basket inspiration, see our uses page HERE.
During the dry seasons, farming communities often fail to produce enough harvest to meet their family’s basic needs. Basket weaving as part of a cooperative, these craftswomen are paid a fair wage and empowered to support themselves and their families with more security, raising funds to pay for school fees and buy food with. Basket weaving is a vital, income-generating craft form, and one that you support directly when you become the owner of one of our beautiful storage baskets. Meet the weavers from this region HERE.
Dimensions: 32cm DIA x 28cm H
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Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
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?