Woven wall art is enduring trend in ethical décor, bringing texture to the interior space in the form of beautiful natural fibres. Striking hung alone on a wall and stunning displayed in a group, each of these wall hangings is one-of-a-kind.
MWAKA is a natural brown and beige patterned wall hanging with a fine fringe, handwoven in rural Kenya by a highly talented weaver working within a women’s cooperative in the country’s Coastal Region. Each of these wall hangings is created to the weaver’s own preferred design – each is a work of art.
The Basket Room works with a Community Based Organisation (CBO) which represents these women’s groups, and financially empowers over 500 women. All of the profits from sales - as well as any other money received from donations to the CBO - are used only to offer support to these women’s groups.
The meticulous art of basket weaving is passed along the female line in rural Kenya, and these most creative weavers work to their own original patterns and designs, selecting their own dyes and colourways and enjoying full artistic expression in their work. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and the use of weavers’ feet, and then the fibres are hand rolled on the thighs to create a string-like material which is then woven using a traditional twining method. All sisal grass is hand-dyed in large vats of boiling water.
Subsistence farming is the mainstay of these weavers’ livelihoods, but with crops suffering in the dry season – and the dry seasons becoming longer and more frequent - basket weaving is a vital, income-generating craft for these women. By bringing home one of these woven wall hangings 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: 27 cm Dia
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA