ARDHI: Banana and Sisal Woven Shopper

£ 60.00

Natural Kenyan fibres create a riot of earthy hues in this beautiful striped shopper bag, woven from sisal grass and bark from the banana plant.  

One of 45 craftswomen in the weaving cooperative in the Eastern Region of Kenya produced this stunning hand woven bag. Preparing the sisal and banana plant fibres for weaving is a time-consuming task in itself, and completed entirely by hand. Leaves are harvested, split, and hand-rolled. Only then can the age-old process of weaving begin.

The weavers are the very essence of The Basket Room - talented artisans living rural lives, whose primary source of income is farming. Basket weaving has become a means of extra earning for these women, as a way to supplement farming wages which can be unpredictable. Basket weaving within a cooperative which practises fair trade principles gives the weavers flexible, reliable and fairly-paid work. The additional income from basket weaving is used to pay for things like school fees, hospital bills, and weekly food shops for the family. Each woven shopper bag comes with a thank you card from the cooperative that made your bag. Meet the weavers HERE.


Dimensions (approx): 


Width: 45cm

Height: 26cm

Depth: 24cm

Handle Drop: 15cm



Width: 65cm

Height: 34cm

Depth: 32cm

Handle Drop: 16cm


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