These Traditional Fine Weave baskets are the result of Community Based Organisations which work with women’s weaving cooperatives in Kenya. By providing a safe working environment and by offering fair wages, the women are able to help support their families. As most women come from farming backgrounds, the reliable income received from these cooperatives is essential, as income received from farming is unreliable, especially during dry seasons and times of drought and crop failure. ‘The Basket Room’ is one of the businesses who keep the orders flowing and ensure that the women remain employed. Therefore it is important to keep supporting these organisations and the talented artisans which they work with.
Basket weaving is part of African culture and the skill is handed down from generation to generation…usually from Mother to Daughter. The entire basket weaving process is done by hand. Starting with the harvesting of Sisal which is hand stripped using special wooden tools and bare feet. It is then hand rolled on the thighs to form strands of Sisal. Once the strands are formed, they are then hand dyed in 100% natural dyes, in large vats of boiling water. A fascinating process and one which is traditional and of cultural significance. It is indeed a real privilege to stock these special baskets and be part of their journey as they make their way from their maker to their new owner. We hope you’d like to be part of their story too.