Deep blue topped with a clean white stripe, the MASIKA is a stunning summer tote bag and the perfect size for hitting the gym, the town or the beach with.
This colourful basket bag is woven unhurriedly by a member of the women’s weaving co-operative in the greater Lower Eastern region of Kenya. Depending on the preferred workload and pace of the weaver, each basket bag takes up to a week to complete, with weaving taking place throughout the week and between other household chores, trips to Church and to community meetings, and crop farming duties. Once completed, our sisal bags are sent to a leading leather workshop nearby in Kenya. Here, cow hide shoulder straps are produced and attached by artisan leatherworkers.
The techniques used to create these oversized handbags are woven through generations, passed from grandmothers to mothers to granddaughters, in these communities. In producing and selling our basket bags, the women of the weaving cooperative are empowered to support their families more sufficiently, raising the required funds to pay for school fees and to purchase food with. During the dry seasons, farming communities often struggle to produce enough crop to meet their family’s basic needs. But basket weaving is a vital, income-generating craft form – one that you support directly when you become the owner of one of our unique basket bags.
Each basket bag comes with a thank you card from the weaving co-operative that made yours. Want to know more about the people behind the baskets? Meet the weavers here.
Material: SISAL & LEATHER
Dimensions: W45cm x H29cm (width is measured at widest part of bag)
Strap Length: 29cm
Leather used is a by-product of the food industry
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA