MCHELE: Small Maroon and White Sisal Basket
The MCHELE is a true one-off: woven with colour, stories and craft. This maroon and white pattern woven basket was produced by a highly talented weaver working within a women’s cooperative in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region, to her own unique design.
These beautiful woven baskets are ideal for use on your nightstand or dressing table, for keeping all your jewellery and trinkets in one place. Pop yours on your desk to bring a splash of colour and style to the workspace, or use your MCHELE woven basket as a planter or flower pot for homing your house plants and succulents. For more basket inspiration, see our uses page HERE.
The scrupulous art of basket weaving is passed along the female line in rural Kenya, and this extremely creative group of weavers work to their own original patterns and colourways, selecting their own dyes and enjoying full artistic license in their work. Sisal grass is hand-stripped using wooden tools and the use of weavers’ feet, and then hand-rolled on the thighs before being hand-dyed in large vats of boiling water.By becoming the proud owner of this beautiful fair trade basket you play your own part in empowering women to financially support themselves and their families through the dry seasons. Meet the weavers from this region HERE.
Dimensions: 20cm DIA x 18cm 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?