These colourful Nifty Knits baskets are handmade by weavers of the Kamba tribe in Kenya. The weavers are part of a cooperative which works to Fair Trade standards and provides essential income to the weavers and their families. Weaving is something that can be done in between other duties such as childcare, household chores and subsistence farming, which is not always reliable because of drought or failed crops.
The Kamba artisans regularly visit the ‘gikombas’ (clothing market), where they select and purchase colourful woollen jumpers. The jumpers are washed and then unravelled into different coloured balls of wool. The weaving can then begin. The wool is woven around a framework of sisal grass, which is sustainable vegetation found locally. Creating these beautiful baskets is time consuming and can take up to 4 days to complete. A labour of love based on tradition and colourful creativity.