Charcoal black and hand woven in Kenya, the bold USIKA range of storage baskets comes in five set sizes. You can use our smaller baskets as flower pots or desk tidies, whilst or medium and larger sizes are perfect as large planters for your indoor plants. These woven storage baskets can be put to good use all over the home from the kitchen to the bathroom to the fireside, and our XL USIKU baskets make excellent laundry hampers. For more basket inspiration, see our uses page HERE.
The Basket Room is proud to work with weaving cooperatives in several rural corners of Africa. The women behind our baskets have woven from a young age: this meticulous, age-old craft is traditionally passed along the female line, from grandmothers to mothers to daughters. Where once the weavers in this group used to have to travel to Nairobi to sell their woven baskets, today The Basket Room places regular and fairly-paid orders with this most adept group, and completed baskets are stored in purpose-built mud huts. Sisal grass is sourced ready-rolled when orders come in, and is hand-dyed in large vats before a traditional twining method is used to produce each basket.
Bringing together all the values of fair trade, working with these cooperatives helps women to support their families with a fair and flexible income in the dry seasons, where subsistence farming often fails to meet the family’s needs. Buy one of our woven baskets and you actively support these weavers’ livelihoods, and our commitment to female advancement. Each woven basket is supplied with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
XS: 12.5cm H x 12.5cm DIA
S: 17.5cm H x 17.5cm DIA
M: 22.5cm H x 22.5cm DIA
L: 27.5cm H x 27.5cm DIA
XL: 32.5cm H x 32.5cm DIA
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA