WAKATI: Large Black and Brown Sisal Basket
The WAKATI is a stunning celebration of 100% natural dyes: black, white, and brown stripes combine in a most striking, geometric effect. This unique basket was produced by a talented craftswoman in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region, working to her own basket weave pattern and her personal colour choices. There is only one of these woven baskets: once it’s gone, it’s gone.
This unique woven basket will bring a natural splash of Kenyan style to any corner of the home. Use WAKATI in the larder for storing fruit or veg, or pop yours in the bathroom for tidying away loo rolls or toiletries. Use yours on your dressing table jewellery, scarves and trinkets, or by the wood burner for keeping old newspapers and kindling. The possibilities are endless, but for more basket inspiration, see our uses page HERE.
The process involved in producing these unique baskets is meticulous and highly skilled. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and bare feet, and then it is hand rolled to a very fine twine on the thighs before being woven using a classic twining technique. The dyes used to create the dynamic colourways in WAKATI are all 100% natural, and dyed by hand.
The Basket Room is proud to work with a Community Based Organisation representing several women’s weaving cooperatives in Kenya. These most artistic collectives enjoy the flexible working conditions offered by basket weaving, and the fair rates of pay guaranteed by working within a cooperative. By purchasing one of these fair trade baskets you play your own part in empowering women to financially support themselves and their families through the dry seasons.
Dimensions: 27cm DIA x 27cm 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?