SHANGWE: Medium Brown and Beige Sisal Basket
The SHANGWE is an earthy collaboration of 100% natural dyes: brown, black and white stripes combine in a most striking, textured effect. This striped basket is truly unique, hand woven in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region by a skilled craftswoman working with her preferred weave patterns and choice of natural dyes. Like what you see? Snap yours up now, because this is a rare, one-off woven basket.
The making process is laborious and highly skilled. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and bare feet, and then it is hand rolled to a very fine twine on the thighs before being woven using a classic twining technique. The dyes used to create the stunning layers of colour in SHANGWE are 100% natural, and hand-dyed in large vats of boiling water.
This unique woven basket will bring a splash of natural Kenyan colour to any corner of the home. Pop your SHANGWE in the larder for storing fruit or veg, or use it in the bathroom for tidying away loo rolls or toiletries. Fill yours with toys, blankets and books in the playroom, or use yours as a tidy for jewellery, scarves and trinkets. For more basket inspiration, see our uses page HERE.
The Basket Room is proud to partner with a Community Based Organisation which works on behalf of several women’s weaving cooperatives in Kenya, ensuring fair pay and decent working conditions. Profits from sales and all donations to the CBO are used to offer further support to these women’s groups. For these women’s groups, basket weaving is a portable, income-generating craft, and it takes place primarily during the dry seasons where crop production dwindles. Each basket comes with a thank you card from the cooperative who made yours – and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Dimensions: 29cm DIA x 23cm H
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & 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?