We are so delighted to be supporting 10 new ladies! This women’s group meet each week and weave together, chatting and laughing as they work. They are part of a self-help group run by the amazing Friends of Kianjai in Meru, Eastern Kenya. Offering opportunities and support to children with disabilities and special needs, assisting with education, food supplies and security within their community.
Each little wool bag is totally different and these are predominately pink!
All our baskets are hand woven using natural materials and dyes, taken from bark, soil, plants and flowers. Commercial textile dyes are also used in the brighter tones. Making baskets is a slow process; after decorticating (removing the bark) from the spikey sisal leaves, the fibres are then twined, dyed twice and dried by the weavers. Whilst each basket is made with great care and patience, occasionally a little bump in the sisal or a knot in the wool can be seen. This will not affect the baskets durability and only adds to the charm of the craft. Some of the baskets have the weaver’s name stitched on with a few raw threads of twine, these can be left on or simply cut to remove.