UTUMISHI is a stunning orange and beige bright basket bag with additional accents of blue and black: a truly Kenyan work of colour and craft. This ethical basket bag is a genuine one-off: made once and sold once. Like what you see? Then snap UTUMISHI up now because when it’s gone, it’s gone!
This yarn basket bag was woven by a member of Kenya’s famous Kamba tribe, working within a fair trade cooperative. These Kamba artisans design each basket bag themselves, choosing patterns and colorways of their own preference. Baskets take up to four days to weave, and basketry is often fitted in around agricultural duties, household chores, childcare, and social events.
Durable and totally unique, these basket bags are made from wool from second-hand jumpers, woven around local sisal grass. The weavers regularly visit the ‘gikombas’ (clothes markets) to select and purchase colorful woolen jumpers, which are washed and unraveled at home into separate balls of colored wool – and then woven. The bags are finished in a local leather works, being fitted supple cowhide straps for carrying.
Support the revival of this creative art when you purchase one of our Nifty Knit Basket Bags: in doing so you help us to support these weavers in a truly fair trade. Basket weaving has become a flexible, supplementary source of additional income for the weavers, whose main earnings come from farming – a line of work that’s largely dependent on rainfall and therefore vulnerable to drought. Each woven basket is supplied with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative, and you can meet the weavers HERE.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC) LEATHER STRAPS
Dimensions: W:45cm x H:35cm approx (width is measured at the widest part of the bag)
Strap Length: 29cm approx
Leather used is a by-product of the food industry.
FAIR TRADE AND HANDMADE IN KENYA