Brand new for 2020, USIKU is an on-trend and totally unique wool and sisal backpack featuring a unique pattern in bold pops of purple, green, blue and white. Woven using wool unravelled from second-hand jumpers, USIKU will bring a pop of Kenyan colour and craft to any look. Like what you see? Then snap her up now because when she’s gone, she’s gone!
This ethically-produced bag is woven by a member of Kenya’s highly talented Kamba tribe, working within a fair trade cooperative. Once the four days of weaving work is done, these woven backpacks bags are sent to a local tannery where soft, cow hide shoulder straps are made and fitted by skilled leatherworkers, using leather that would have otherwise been sent to landfill. Sustainable through and through, USIKU's metal bead rivets are made from recycled and sand-casted brass by artisans living in Nairobi’s Kawangware slum.
Each one of these woven bags is unique and sustainably-made, woven according to the weaver’s design choices, choosing from what recycled, coloured yarns are available at the time. Backpacks take up to four days to weave, in between farming, housework, childcare and churchgoing. Basket weaving is a vital source of additional income to these people, whose livelihoods otherwise depend on the volatile nature of crop and livestock farming through drought.
Want to know more about the people behind the bags? Meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC) LEATHER STRAPS
Dimensions: Bottom Diameter: 24cm, Basket Height: 22cm
Leather used is a by-product of the food industry.
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE AND HANDMADE IN KENYA