YAO: Small Pink & Brown Sisal Basket
The YAO is a finely woven storage basket with intricate bands of pink and brown, created using the weaver’s choice of traditional pattern and rich colour. This beautiful basket is its creator’s own work of art before it becomes yours.
This unique woven basket can be used all over the home for tidying, storing, planting and organising. Use YAO in the kitchen for holding fruit or vegetables, in the bathroom for stashing toiletries, in a macrame hanger filled with tumbling greenery or on your desk or bedside table, filled with stationery or tech. The beauty of these colourful striped baskets is that you can keep on repurposing them as your storage needs evolve. For more basket inspiration and to see how our customers use their woven baskets around the home, see our uses page HERE.
During the dry seasons, farming communities often fail to produce enough harvest to meet their family’s needs. The craftswomen who produce these baskets are paid a wage for their work, empowered to support themselves and their families with this additional income stream. This is a craft group we’re especially close to, since we have worked with them since The Basket Room began in 2014.
You directly support this honest and ethical trade when you become the owner of one of these beautiful storage baskets and planters. You can find out more about the weavers behind these baskets HERE.
Dimensions: 18cm Dia x 17cm H
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
HANDMADE IN KENYA
Our journey into sustainable style began in Kenya, and the lion’s share of our woven baskets are Kenyan-made. Whilst every region of Kenya boasts its own rich natural bounty, each cooperative we partner with offers expertise in its own unique form of basketry. Weaving, dyeing and grass-rolling techniques differ across the regions as much as basket shapes, patterns and structures. These precious crafts are woven through the generations within families - passed along continuous thread from mother to daughter - protecting and preserving an art form as old as man.
Vast and colourful, vibrant and bursting with natural beauty and style, our fair trade baskets are as eclectic as their homeland and its people. From sisal grass to doum palm, banana leaf fibres to palm leaf, each weaving cooperative works with what is locally available and only what can be sustainably sourced, to produce beautiful baskets which are 100% Kenyan made, and ethically produced. All cow hide bag tags, straps, and basket labels are made from leather sourced as a by-product of the food industry. Natural dyes come from pounded roots, bark and vegetables of the region, whilst all synthetic dyes are sustainably sourced.
From the Kamba tribe to the camel-herding Ariaal pastoralists of Northern Kenya, you can read more about the lives of the Kenyan weavers we work with - and the wonderful baskets they produce - below.