SEKU: Large Blue and White Sisal Basket
The SEKU was hand-woven and hand-dyed in rural Kenya from hand-stripped, hand-rolled sisal grass. Its maker? An extremely talented craftswoman working within a weaving cooperative in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region. This most artistic group produce unique woven baskets to their own personal designs, choosing the patterns and dyes that best showcase their talents. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and bare feet, and then it is hand rolled on the thighs before being hand dyed in vats of boiling water.
Basket weaving is a dynamic, income-generating craft form, and one that you support directly when you choose one of our woven storage baskets to take home. With crops suffering in the dry season – and these droughts lengthening – basket weaving enables women to make up the shortfall, and more. Working as part of a cooperative, these craftswomen are paid a fair wage and empowered to support themselves and their families with more security, raising funds to pay for school fees and buy food with.
This unique woven basket can be used all over the home for tidying, storing and organising. Pop SEKU in the kitchen for storing fruit or veg, use it in the bathroom for storing loo rolls or toiletries, or fill it with toys, blankets and books in the playroom. The possibilities are endless, but for more basket inspiration, see our uses page HERE. Meet the weavers HERE.
Dimensions: 28cm DIA x 28cm H
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Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
HANDMADE IN KENYA
The weavers are our life force - the sheer spirit of THE BASKET ROOM and the raw talent behind every fair trade basket we sell. Every woven basket has been worked on exclusively by one weaver, and each basket is their very own work of art before it becomes yours. Woven meticulously over a number of days, your basket has accompanied its creator on their daily errands from home to field to farm, enabling the weavers to earn a precious second income without having to give up their other jobs and responsibilities.
We’ve searched far and wide to partner up with the most remarkable artisans and networks of weaving cooperatives in Africa. We’re proud and privileged to regularly spend time with them all - getting to know the people, the raw materials and the harvesting, dyeing and weaving processes, first-hand.
The weavers take centre stage. These are their stories. Listen and share.
Where Are The Baskets Made?