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Handmade Nifty Knit Bag

Handmade Nifty Knit Bag

The Basket Room

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A one-off woollen basket bag handwoven by the Kamba tribe in Kenya, with vibrant colours. Weavers have full creative licence to create their own designs! 

This exquisite basket bag is modelled on the Kenyan kiondo (kee-yon/-doh) – a type of storage basket traditionally woven in rural Kenyan communities by mothers as wedding gifts for their daughters. Kiondo weaving was becoming a rare craft in Kenya until very recently: in 2004 only four elders from this cooperative had the experience to make them. Today there are around fifty active members reviving this stunning craft, which is typically passed down the female bloodline.

The wool used to create these elaborate designs is sourced from upcycled woolly jumpers purchased at second hand clothes markets, and each bag takes up to six days to complete. The weavers regularly visit the ‘gikombas’ (clothes markets) to select and purchase colourful woollen jumpers, which are washed and unravelled at home into separate balls of coloured wool – and then woven. The basket bags are then sent to a leading local leather works to be finished, being fitted with cowhide shoulder straps.

To take home one of The Basket Room's Nifty Knit Basket Bags is to become an important part of our journey: a tale that weaves together generations of craftsmanship. We are proud to support the weavers, providing a sustainable source of income for farming communities whose primary income can be unreliable. Each handwoven basket comes with a card bearing some information about the weavers.


Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs. Handmade in Kenya.

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