MKANDA: Leopard Print Bum Bag
Leopard print is always a vibe, MKANDA will add a pop of interest and playfulness to any outfit. This on-trend shape is perfect for hands-free fun - we can’t get enough of this handwoven bum bag! Supplied with its very own leather belt in tan, choose to wear yours across the body or around your waist.
With a chic tan envelope-style top, inner zip and push-pin fastening, MKANDA will level up even the most casual daytime look with its retro silhouette and timeless pattern, all the while keeping your belongings safe and easy to access.
This chic bum bag is a limited design, produced by a Kenyan weaving group we have worked closely with since we first launched The Basket Room. These women have an exceptional eye for detail and have previously worked with us on commissions from LUSH, and a collaboration with Jigsaw in 2016. All leatherwork carefully produced and stitched by a team of dedicated leatherworkers we also have a strong and close relationship with.
MKANDA is an exciting design from a collection we have produced in collaboration with British accessories designer Hannah Harrison. You can read all about this chic collaboration here.
Materials: SISAL, ACRYLIC YARN, LEATHER & BRASS
Dimensions: 14cm H x 21cm W x 6cm D
SIZE: Fit UK 8-UK 18
HANDMADE IN KENYA
Our journey into sustainable style began in Kenya, and the lion’s share of our woven baskets are Kenyan-made. Whilst every region of Kenya boasts its own rich natural bounty, each cooperative we partner with offers expertise in its own unique form of basketry. Weaving, dyeing and grass-rolling techniques differ across the regions as much as basket shapes, patterns and structures. These precious crafts are woven through the generations within families - passed along continuous thread from mother to daughter - protecting and preserving an art form as old as man.
Vast and colourful, vibrant and bursting with natural beauty and style, our fair trade baskets are as eclectic as their homeland and its people. From sisal grass to doum palm, banana leaf fibres to palm leaf, each weaving cooperative works with what is locally available and only what can be sustainably sourced, to produce beautiful baskets which are 100% Kenyan made, and ethically produced. All cow hide bag tags, straps, and basket labels are made from leather sourced as a by-product of the food industry. Natural dyes come from pounded roots, bark and vegetables of the region, whilst all synthetic dyes are sustainably sourced.
From the Kamba tribe to the camel-herding Ariaal pastoralists of Northern Kenya, you can read more about the lives of the Kenyan weavers we work with - and the wonderful baskets they produce - below.