TABASAMU: Extra Large Lime and Coral Wool Basket
A striking floor basket with lime and coral, TABASAMU is hand woven by a highly skilled member of the Kamba tribe in Kenya using local sisal and yarns from second hand woolly jumpers. Each one of these Nifty Knit baskets is unique, so there’s only one TABASAMU in the world. These XL baskets make brilliant planters for your large houseplants and can also be used to store logs, throws and rugs, shoes and slippers, towels, laundry and playroom toys. The beauty of these woven baskets is that you’ll keep finding uses for them as the years go by.
These African baskets – also known as kiondos - take astonishing skill to produce, and up to six days to complete. The traditional weaving skills required to produce each basket are passed along the female line in Kenyan families, though the craft has seen a steep decline recently. In 2004 only four craftswomen in this weaving group had the experience to produce them, but today there are fifty active members reviving this vital craft thanks to a surge in demand from the interiors industry.
You become a supporter of this traditional craft when you bring home one of these striped storage baskets, and you support us in bringing flexible and sustainable work to the Kamba weavers, whose main incomes rely on farming, and therefore, decent rainfall. Each handwoven basket comes with a card bearing some information about the weavers, and you can read more about them HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC)
Dimensions: 35-38cm HEIGHT
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?