KAGUA: Green Check Basket
The Basket Room

KAGUA: Green Check Basket

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Parading bold checks in soft sapling green, these beautiful KAGUA baskets are handwoven in rural Kenya from local sisal in three different sizes - one for almost every home storage need. Use a small woven basket for jewellery and watches, remote controls and cables, while medium and large woven baskets make handy and attractive storage for everything from laundry and loo rolls to rugs and blankets, slippers and children’s toys. These pastel check baskets also make excellent woven planters for your beloved houseplants – and we can’t think of a more perfect new home gift for someone who loves all things pastel hued!

The craftswomen who produce these KAGUA woven baskets all learned to weave local sisal fibres from a young age and practise this traditional craft within a small weaving group in rural Kenya. We visit and spend time with this group as often as we can, and have built a strong bond with the craftswomen and their chairlady, Madam Dorcas over the years. Before we started trading with this group, the weavers would undertake the long journey to Nairobi to sell their woven baskets at city markets. Today, these women can earn a living safely and more efficiently from home, working to complete large and regular orders from The Basket Room during quiet moments between childcare, domestic work and farming. 

 Most of these weavers are from farming communities who rely on farming – and therefore, steady rainfall - to feed, support and clothe their families. So when farming slows down, weaving work picks up. Purchasing one of our woven baskets helps us in our mission to empower African craftswomen to support themselves and their families more sustainably, and preserve this age-old craft.

The detail... 

SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB

Small: 17-19cm DIA x 17-19cm H
Medium: 22-24cm DIA x 22-24cm H
Large: 27-29cm DIA x 27-29cm H


Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.

FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA

About the designer…

The Basket Room creates beautiful collections of handwoven, decorative storage baskets for the home. Woven with stunning colours & unique patterns, we work with small craft collectives in Africa to bring you ethical, stylish accessories with a story. They bring together all the values of fair trade, partnering with cooperatives in Africa that helps women to support their families more comfortably, since subsistence farming alone often fails to meet the family’s needs, particularly in the dry season. By purchasing one of these baskets you actively support these weavers’ livelihoods, and a commitment to empowering women in developing countries.