MKUU: Black/Natural Tooth Stripe Pendant Lampshade
With a tribal tooth design in black on natural sisal, the MKUU lampshade will bring a sense of organic style to any space, creating a soothing, soft light.
Handwoven in indigenous sisal fibres, these lampshades are produced in Eastern Kenya by members of a weaving group. These weavers are all women of the Kamba, a tribe renowned for their creativity and handicrafts - and especially basket weaving. The majority of these weavers are primarily farmers, dependant on rainfall to sow and grow crops, or rear livestock. Basket weaving within a cooperative provides a vital second income for these people during times of drought, helping women support their families more sustainably.
Each lampshade comes with a thank you card from the weaving co-operative that made yours. Want to know more about the wonderful women behind the shades? Meet the weavers here.
Shade Type - Pendant
Attachment Type - Screw on
No need for an electrician.
Material: SISAL GRASS
Dimensions: W25cm x H25cm approximately.
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
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.