This stunning palm leaf basket was made by a craftswoman of the Ngurunit Weavers Group, a collective of female weavers living in rural Northern Kenya. Woven from doum palm leaf with a ridge of wild sisal and decorated with colourful glass beads, NGAMIA is a blend of two tribal styles: traditional Rendille weaving style and intricate Samburu beading in simple, understated white. These wide, flat baskets make gorgeous fruit bowls and bread baskets, and are perfect for storing jewellery, scarves and trinkets on your dressing table.
The pastoralist people of Ngurunit typically herd camels, goats, cattle and sheep, and these beaded baskets follow the design patterns of the baskets traditionally used to collect camels’ milk. This type of woven basket had become almost obsolete as plastic and metal containers have taken their place, but began a revival in 2001 as they became developed and sold as a decorative and functional home accessory.
Each basket comes with a thank you card from the weaving group. In purchasing one of our palm leaf baskets you become a fellow guardian of this rare craft, assisting its ongoing revival and supporting the Kenyan weavers through fair trade. Palm leaf basket weaving offers flexible and fairly paid work for the Ngurunit weavers, and you can meet the ladies behind your basket HERE.
MATERIAL: Doum Palm Leaf
DIMENSIONS: 10.5cm H x 28cm DIA
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA