The SONGA is literally one-of-a-kind: a blue and orange pattern striped storage basket, handwoven in rural Kenya. This colourful basket was produced by a highly talented weaver working within a women’s cooperative in the country’s Coastal Region, to her own design.
The Basket Room works with a Community Based Organisation (CBO) which represents these women’s groups, and financially empowers over 500 women. All of the profits from sales - as well as any other money received from donations to the CBO - are used only to offer support to these women’s groups.
The meticulous art of basket weaving is passed along the female line in rural Kenya, and these most creative weavers work to their own original patterns and designs, selecting their own dyes and colourways and enjoying full artistic expression in their work. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and the use of weavers’ feet, and then the fibres are hand rolled on the thighs to create a string-like material which is then woven using a traditional twining method. All sisal grass is hand-dyed in large vats of boiling water.
This truly unique woven basket can be used as a stunning planter or flower pot for your indoor succulents and cacti, or it would make a stylish desk tidy if your work space craves a splash of colour. Pop your SONGA on the dressing table for keeping make up and brushes in one place, or use yours in the bathroom for storing toiletries. For more basket inspiration, see our uses page HERE.
Subsistence farming is the mainstay of these weavers’ livelihoods, but with crops suffering in the dry season – and the dry seasons becoming longer and more frequent - basket weaving is a vital, income-generating craft for these women. By bringing home one of these fair trade baskets you play your own part in empowering women to financially support themselves and their families through the dry seasons. Each basket comes with a thank you card from the cooperative who made yours - meet the weavers HERE.
Dimensions: 14cm DIA x 13cm H
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FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA