MSAMBAZAJI: Large Brown, Black and Gold Sisal Basket
With decorative bands of brown, black and yellow, this MSAMBAZAJI basket was woven by a highly skilled craftswoman working within a weaving cooperative in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region. This is a group we have worked with since The Basket Room began in 2014 and these ladies have an exceptional eye for colour and pattern.
Basket weaving is a slow and meticulous craft – a skill typically passed down the female ancestral line in Kenyan families. Sisal grass is stripped using wooden tools and the weavers’ feet, and then it is hand rolled on the thighs before being woven using a traditional twining method. All sisal grass is hand-dyed in large vats of boiling water.
This unique woven basket can be used all over the home for tidying, storing and organising - bringing a splash of style and a pop of rich colour. Take your MSAMBAZAJI into the kitchen for keeping fruit and vegetables in, pop yours in the bathroom for storing loo rolls or toiletries, or use it to home your latest houseplant – in a macrame hanger if you’re short on space. The possibilities are endless, and you’ll keep on repurposing this beautiful, durable basket as the years go by. For more basket inspiration and to see how our customers use their baskets round the home, see our uses page HERE.
The Basket Room works with a Community Based Organisation representing several women’s weaving cooperatives in Kenya. Profits from basket sales and all donations to the CBO are used to offer further support to these women’s groups. Weaving takes place primarily during the dry seasons, since most weavers are subsistence farmers using basket weaving as a supplementary income stream.
Dimensions: 32cm DIA x 29cm H
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & 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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