MATOKEO: Small Green and Grey Wool Basket
MATOKEO is a gorgeous green and grey striped basket with bold colour bands – a true work of traditional Kenyan craft, handwoven by a member of the Kamba tribe from wool and sisal. No two baskets in this collection are the same since each is made to the weaver’s own unique design. Use yours as a woven planter for your indoor plants, or use yours for storing toys or toiletries, jewellery, craft materials, keys, wallets and watches. These beautiful baskets are perfect for decluttering whilst bringing a pop of colour and character to any space.
This colourful basket is an original design with tribally inspired geometric woven patterns. Known officially as Kiondos (kee-yon/-doh) and made in rural communities in Kenya, these baskets were originally woven by mothers as practical and beautiful wedding gifts for their daughters. Traditional kiondo weaving is seeing a revival thanks to a surge in demand from the interiors industry, and skilled elders continue to pass on this sustainable craft to their daughters and granddaughters
Durable and totally unique, these baskets are made from wool from second hand jumpers bound around local sisal grass. The weavers regularly visit the ‘gikombas’ (clothes markets) to select and purchase colourful woollen jumpers which are then taken home, washed and unravelled into separate balls of coloured wool. The weavers of the Kamba tribe are extremely creative – they enjoy free reign over colour and pattern choices - weaving each basket their own way. Baskets take up to four days to weave, and weaving is often completed around agricultural duties, household chores, childcare and social events.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC)
Dimensions: 25-28cm HEIGHT
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.
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