Kenyan Handwoven Basket, Turquoise & Red Zig Zag
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Behold - the baskets of our dreams! This spectacular sisal and yarn basket was handwoven by a member of a women's weaving group in Kenya. These African woven baskets are known traditionally as Kiondos (kee-yon/-doh) and were woven by mothers as unique wedding gifts for their daughters by people from the Kamba tribe in Kenya. They are made partially from upcycled jumpers!
A twining method is used to create these African baskets: two woollen elements are skilfully bound around a central pole of local sisal grass. Once orders come in, weavers travel to local ‘gikombas’ (second hand clothes markets) to purchase colourful woollen jumpers which are then taken home, washed and unravelled into separate balls of wool. The weavers of these cooperatives are especially creative and experienced, so they enjoy free choice of colours and designs, weaving each basket to their own preferred style and colourways. Baskets take up to four days to weave, and weaving is often done around farm work, household chores, social engagements and childcare. No two baskets are the same since each is made to a unique design.
We have a super limited edition collection of 8 of these beauties. Each one is completely unique and a chance for you to own something truly special. Buying this product supports the weavers to increase their livelihoods and helps to keep this rare tradition alive.
- Size: 40 x 40 cm approx. due to the handmade nature of this product, sizes may vary
- Material: Sisal & yarn
- Made in Kenya. Fairtrade. Recycled