YAI is the ultimate summer bag and perfect for the festival season. This ethically-produced beauty boasts earthy bands of blue, brown and green in a stunning and unique tribal design, and is woven by a member of Kenya’s highly talented Kamba tribe, working within a fair trade cooperative.
Woven using yarn from second-hand jumpers and with beautiful leather straps and tassels, YAI will bring a feel of natural, Kenyan colour and craft to any ensemble. Once the four days of weaving work is done, these bucket bags are sent to a local tannery where soft, cow hide shoulder straps are made and fitted by skilled leatherworkers. YAI’s metal bead rivets are made from recycled and sand-casted brass by artisans living in Nairobi’s Kawangare slum.
Each one of these woven bucket bags is a true one-off, produced according to its weaver’s preferred design choices and colourways. Baskets take up to four days to weave, and weaving work normally takes place in amongst farming, housework, childcare and church. Basket weaving is a reliable source of additional income to these people, whose livelihoods otherwise depend on the unpredictable nature of agricultural work.
Here’s the chance to support sustainable crafts and possess your own Kenyan work of art: made once, sold once.
Material: SISAL & RECYCLED WOOL (NATURAL & SYNTHETIC) LEATHER STRAPS
Dimensions: Bottom Diameter: 23cm, Basket Height: 25cm
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