Introducing SANAMU: a one-off woolen basket basket hand woven by the Kamba tribe in Kenya. Bolts of pastel turquoise and lilac pop against a natural sandy base
This exquisite basket is traditionsl known as a Kenyan kiondo (kee-yon/-doh) – a type of storage basket traditionally woven in rural Kenyan communities by mothers as wedding gifts for their daughters. Kiondo weaving was becoming a rare craft in Kenya until very recently: in 2004 only four elders from this cooperative had the experience to make them. Today there are around fifty active members reviving this stunning craft, which is typically passed down the female bloodline.
The wool used to create these elaborate designs is sourced from upcycled woolly jumpers purchased at second-hand clothes markets, and each bag takes up to six days to complete.
To take home one our Nifty Knit Baskets is to become an important part of our journey: a tale that weaves together generations of craftsmanship. We are proud to support the weavers in this truly fair trade, providing a sustainable source of income for farming communities whose primary income can be unreliable. Each woven basket is supplied with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC)
Dimensions: 25cm DIA (TOP) x 30cm H
HANDMADE IN KENYA