MBI: Pink & Blue Mini Sisal Set
We think we’ve found the perfect ethical gift: a pretty pair of XXS unique woven planters, ideal for homing cacti and small houseplants. They look lovely sitting on shelves and window sills and will bring a pop of Keynan colour and pattern to any desk or bedside table.
This pair of handwoven baskets boast vibrant bands of blue and pink and we’ve handpicked each pair for you ourselves, because we know just how hard it is to choose ONE beautiful woven basket, let alone TWO!
These handwoven planters are crafted in rural Kenya by women from a craft group we’re especially close to, having worked with them since The Basket Room began in 2014. We’re delighted to be bringing yet more sustainable work to these exceptionally talented women, thanks to your purchases.
The women who produce these woven baskets belong to a Craft Based Organisation, representing several women’s weaving cooperatives in this area of Kenya. This organisation totalled 520 artisan women in 2014, and in 2021 that number reached over 1500 women – and counting!
Making and selling baskets enables these women to rely less on farming - an unreliable lifestyle due to scarcity of rain in this semi-arid area of Kenya. The craftswomen who produce these baskets are paid a fair wage for their work and empowered to support themselves and their families with this additional income stream. Money earned from basket sales enables women to feed, clothe and send their children to school, as well as paying medical bills. You can meet the weavers from this region HERE.
When you become the owner of one of these beautiful woven baskets you are also helping to protect this age-old craft for future generations to learn - and earn - from. You also enable us to keep providing this safe, environmentally friendly and ethical work to rural Kenyan families: an alternative to poaching vulnerable wildlife and deforestation.
Material: Sisal Grass
Basket 1- 10cm Dia x 8cm Height
Basket 2- 11cm Dia x 8cm Heigh
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?