Boasting buttery-yellow stripes and a contrasting mint-green base, PIWANI is a simply stunning woven tote bag and the perfect size for hitting the gym, the yoga studio, the market or the beach with.
This pasted-hued basket bag has been woven carefully by a member of a women’s weaving co-operative in the greater Lower Eastern region of Kenya. The methods used to create these oversized handbags are woven through generations, passed from Kenyan grandmothers to mothers to granddaughters.
Depending on the preferred workload and pace of the weaver, each yarn and sisal basket bag takes up to a week to complete; basketry takes place between other household chores, church, childcare and farming duties. Once completed, these yarn and sisal bags are sent to a local tannery where cowhide shoulder straps are produced and attached by artisan leatherworkers.
During the dry seasons, farming communities often struggle to produce enough crops to meet their family’s basic needs. In producing and selling our basket bags, the women of the weaving cooperative are empowered to support their families more adequately, raising the funds they need to pay school fees and buy food.
Want to know more about the talented team behind your basket bag? Meet the weavers here.
Material: Sisal and Yarn (Synthetic), Leather Straps
Dimensions: 40cmW X 30cmH approx (width is measured at the widest part of the bag)
Strap Length: 29cm approx
Leather used is a by-product of the food industry.
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE AND HANDMADE IN KENYA