This little shallow basket I bought on a recent trip to Tsavo, SE Kenya to spend a few days with the Kiteghe Weaving Group. I was in complete basket heaven as I was able to choose all my favourite shapes, sizes and colourways. This little beauty is delightful and is the perfect shape for keys, loose change, jewellery, cosmetics or simple a pretty object!
Height 6cm Diameter 22cm
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.