Kenyan Crafts Product Range
Our sisal baskets are created using traditional Kenyan basket weaving techniques that have been passed down through the generations and are still practiced by skilled crafts people today. All our baskets are completely handmade in Kenya of pure, sustainably-sourced sisal fibre.
The work that goes into making our baskets is a sincere labour of love that starts with harvesting the sisal plant (Agave sisalana). Its leaves are crushed to extract the fibres, which are dried, dyed with natural colourants and rolled before the weaving process begins. The baskets we make are of the highest quality—versatile, durable and stylish for modern living. They come in a range of useful sizes and are available in both contemporary and traditional Kenyan colour combinations.
Can be used for home décor, rustic storage, chic organising, plant pot cover or displaying your favourite collections
Uniting traditional basket ‘Kiondo’ weaving technique with the modern woman. The basket bags are a statement of boldness. It’s for the person who is outgoing and appreciates craft. They encompasses all the best features of our handmade sisal basket bags: exquisite design, hand worked leather details, and fine craftsmanship throughout.
They are is fully lined, with a handy inner side pocket. Their long strap is adjustable and the bag can be worn cross body or over the shoulder. The basket bags also comes with sturdy leather handles and a leather flap closure.
Every part of the basket bag is lovingly crafted in Kenya of the finest traditional materials. Purchasing one of these bags supports it’s makers and helps preserve an ancient craft tradition. A robust and beautiful accessory, the ‘Kiondo’ basket bag is for life.
In our collection, there are a collection of bags that each serve unique purposes, suit different styles and preferences and tell novel stories.
BEADED DOG COLLARS
For hundreds of years the Maasai people have been using beadwork to embody their culture. Beaded jewellery Is used everyday as adornment to represent wealth, beauty, strength, warriorhood, marital status, age-sect, social status and other cultural traditions. The practice of beadwork is specifically done by women, passed down from mother to daughter.
There are a number of different colours used in Maasai beadwork and each is symbolic of important cultural elements.
Today, we are promoting trade by working closely with the Maasai women, uniting the beadwork tradition with contemporary designs to make our dog collars. Which translates to a good deal for you and fair trade to the craftswoman.
Handmade in Kenya, the collars are beautifully hand-beaded with 100% glass beads, and then hand-stitched on robust but soft cow hide and finished on the inside with a soft goat skin lining. The sturdy, solid brass buckle is hand cast by local artisans using recycled brass.
WALL HANGING BASKETS
Tonga wall baskets make a wonderful wall feature when in collections, bringing texture & neutral colours to your interior space. The baskets are light & easy to hang.
They also make for practical tableware, for fruits and bread, or in the bathroom for displaying hand towels.
Made from wild grass & palm leaves. These baskets are unique with distinctive traditional designs and a square bottom forming the foundation of the basket.
It takes approximately 2 weeks to complete a basket of 35cm in diameter. Traditionally the baskets were (and still are) used for carrying maize or sorghum from the fields & then winnowing the grain.