Basket natural M / Jules-Henri
These natural woven baskets boast a stippled pattern of sand and natural grass hues, and are hand woven from sisal in Kenya. Produced by a skilled weaving cooperative member, the UTULIVU range of baskets come in five handy sizes which means there’s one for every use: from desk tidies and flower pots to laundry baskets, large planters and vegetable baskets. Wherever you pop your woven storage basket, it’s sure to add a little extra style to the home.
The craftswomen behind the UTULIVI baskets have learned the meticulous art weaving from their mothers and grandmothers, and work within a thriving cooperative which is growing in numbers continually under the guidance of its inspirational Chairlady, Madam Dorcas. Sisal grass is usually purchased in ready-rolled batches when the cooperative receives its orders from The Basket Room, and this grass is then hand-dyed in large vats before weaving begins, using a traditional twining method. Where once these weavers would travel regularly to Nairobi to sell their woven baskets, The Basket Room keeps them busy with regular and fairly-paid basket orders, enabling these subsistence farmers to earn a flexible supplementary income in the dry seasons.
Each colourful woven basket comes with a thank you card from the weaving cooperative. To buy one of the woven baskets is to actively support the weavers’ livelihoods, and our commitment to empowering women through fair trade.
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA