These authentic Kenyan Kiondo Baskets are handmade and handwoven by a self help group of lady weavers in a remote rural village in Kenya.
The Kiondos are traditional to the Kikuyu and Kamba tribes and are traditionally used for shopping at the market due to their durable and robust nature. Traditionally they were made from sisal, wool and leather however due to the recent ban of plastics in Kenya, our weavers have resorted to using recyclable plastic with minimal sisal to make these bright and colourful bags whilst also taking care of our environment.
It can take several weeks to finish a basket depending with the size and complexity of the design, and each one is individually deigned and hand woven by one of the women in the group.
By purchasing a Kiondo you will be purchasing an absolute showpiece and conversation starter and will surely receive many compliments, whilst also supporting it’s makers, helping to preserve an ancient craft tradition and protecting our environment.
Kiondo baskets can be used for shopping, picnics, beach outings, toy basket, blanket basket and also as a planter basket.
Material: Sisal and recycled Plastic with leather trim around the rim and removeable sisal straps
2 size options and various colours/ designs available:
** Please be advised that as these bags are handwoven individually they may vary slightly from the image presented
LARGE H-38cm D - 30cm
Kenyan Hand Woven Kiondo Basket care
Your basket or bag my come flat packed or with use can go out of shape. With these instructions you will be able to return your basket to its correct shape.
Important - Do Not soak your Kenyan Basket
- Don't get your basket/bag very wet as the colours may not be set and could run
- If your basket is out of shape, lightly spritz the inside with water and pat into shape.
- Completely dry your basket before storing as the natural fibers may go mouldy and deteriorate if kept damp
- Will fade if kept in direct sunlight
- When using your basket as a pot plant holder always use a saucer or line to prevent water stains and wetness
- It is advised to remove plant from basket when watering
- Love and enjoy your beautiful companion for many years of delight
WITETHYE WOMENS GROUP
- Kitui & Makueni, Kenya
Witethye Women’s Group is a collaboration of women in the semi-arid counties of Kitui and Makueni, in the Eastern Province of Kenya.
Many women from this region have formed groups in their local villages where they come together to carry on the tradition of weaving baskets as a form of connection and empowerment with the term “Witethye” meaning “self help” Learn more