The WEMBE is a stunning celebration of 100% natural dyes: black, white and red lattice stripes combine in a most striking tribal effect. This striped basket in a wonderfully fine and supple weave is one-of-a-kind, hand woven in Kenya’s rural Coastal Region by a skilled craftswoman working to her own weave patterns and colour choices.
Use your WEMBE as a planter or flower pot for indoor greenery, or pop yours on your desk to bring a splash of ethical Kenyan style to your workspace. This woven basket looks wonderful on a nightstand or dressing table, and can be used in the kitchen for storing small foodstuffs like garlic, herbs or condiments.
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. Sisal grass is hand stripped using wooden tools and bare feet, and then it is hand rolled on the thighs before being hand-dyed in natural dyes, in large vats of boiling water.
Basket weaving is a vibrant and income-generating art form, a craft passed down the female bloodline in Kenya. Weaving is a flexible, portable mode of work and takes place primarily during the dry seasons when crop production suffers. Each basket comes with a thank you card from the cooperative who made yours - meet the weavers HERE.
Dimensions: 20.5cm H x 21.5cm DIA
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