MSINGI: Teal Colour Block Woven Basket
These verdigris and white colour block baskets are produced in three handy sizes, woven from indigenous sisal grass by talented craftswomen rural Kenya. Use your new woven storage basket for keeping hair accessories, make up and toiletries organized, or fill with fruit, stationery, children’s toys, remote controls and gloves and hats. These round sisal baskets also make beautiful woven planters for your houseplants – and excellent new home gifts. Wherever and however you choose to use your new woven basket it is sure to bring a splash of vibrant Kenyan colour to your home.
The Basket Room has built long established relationships with weaving groups in several rural corners of Africa, and the skilled craftswomen in this particular women’s weaving group are brilliant at producing these repeat design baskets in a kaleidoscope of stunning colour block combinations. The women behind our colour block baskets have woven from a young age: this careful, traditional craft is passed along the female line, from grandmothers to mothers to daughters. Sisal grass is sourced ready-rolled and hand-dyed in large vats before a traditional twining method is used to produce each handwoven basket. Where once these women used to have to travel to Nairobi to sell their woven baskets, today The Basket Room places regular and fairly-paid orders with this group, and completed baskets are stored in purpose-built mud huts before being shipped by container to the UK.
Basket weaving within a group empowers women to support their families with a flexible income in the dry seasons, where subsistence farming becomes unsustainable. Your purchases support this good work.
Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
If you need a specific size please let us know prior to placing your order.
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.