UMATI: Medium Gold, Brown and Black Sisal Basket
The precious art of basket weaving is passed along the female line in rural Kenya, and each piece in this very special collection of finely woven, colourful baskets is literally one-of-a-kind.
The UMATI was hand-woven and hand-dyed in rural Kenya from hand-stripped, hand-rolled sisal grass. Its creator? An incredibly creative and highly skilled craftswoman working within a weaving cooperative in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region. This is a group we’re especially close to, since we have partnered with them since The Basket Room began in 2014.
This gold, brown and black woven basket is ideal for use on your nightstand or dressing table, kitchen worktop, windowsill or bathroom shelves. Short on space? Position yours in a macrame hanger and hang in your bathroom! The beauty of these colourful striped baskets is that you will keep finding new corners and uses for them as your home evolves. For more basket inspiration, take a look HERE.
Basket weaving is a slow and meticulous craft – a skill passed along the female line in Kenyan families. Sisal grass is stripped using wooden tools and weavers’ feet, and then hand-rolled on the thighs before being hand-dyed in large vats of boiling water.
In purchasing one of these beautiful striped baskets you help us to empower Kenyan women to financially support themselves and their families through the challenging dry seasons. You can meet the weavers who produce these fine weave baskets HERE.
Dimensions: 26cm DIA x 24cm 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?