Fair trade baskets handmade in South Eastern Kenya by women in rural villages.
Basket weaving is a tradition in the ‘Taita’ culture. Both natural and commercial dyes are used.
The sisal used is grown in fields belonging to these women.
Each basket is tagged with the weavers name.
These unique fair trade baskets are made out of sisal which is grown either on farms belonging to the basket weavers, or purchased from sisal estates in coast province. The leaves of the sisal plant are used to obtain a fibre which is rolled into twine, and then woven into a basket.
The Taita ladies from the Kasigau Weaver’s Group dye the fibres themselves and then roll the twine on their lap. Making baskets is a very labour intensive art. The baskets come in a number of different colours and patterns, with each design entirely made up by these artistic Taita ladies.