The RARUA woven bucket bag is literally one-of-a-kind: woven by a member of Kenya’s highly creative Kamba tribe, working within a fair trade cooperative. Sporting exquisite bands of maroon, black and blue in a vibrant geometric design, the colourful wool used to create this drawstring bag comes from second hand jumpers.
The weavers design each basket bag themselves, choosing patterns and colourways of their own preference. Baskets take up to four days to weave, and weaving work typically takes place in lulls between farming, housework, childcare and social events. Basket weaving has become a vital source of additional income to these people, whose livelihoods otherwise depend on the unpredictable nature of agricultural work.
Featuring beautiful leather shoulder straps and a drawstring top closure with leather tassels, RARUA is the ultimate festival bag. Once weaving is complete, each bag in this collection is taken to a local tannery where cow hide shoulder straps are produced and attached by artisan leatherworkers. Sustainable through and through, RARUA’s brass bead rivets are made from recycled and sand-casted scrap metal: an income source for artisans living in the Kawangare slums of Nairobi.
These drawstring bags are inspired by Kenyan kiondo baskets, which were originally woven by mothers as wedding gifts to their daughters. Once a dying craft, today kiondo weaving is experiencing a revival that you can become a part of.
Each woven basket bag is supplied with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC) LEATHER STRAPS
Dimensions: Bottom Diameter: 27cm, Basket Height: 21cm, Top Folded Diameter: 20cm
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