LAINI: Charcoal Strip Storage Basket
Narrow grey stripes on a natural sisal base make the LAINI collection of striped baskets a popular choice for those who favour monochrome and natural tones in the home. Hand woven by a small rural weaving cooperative in Kenya, these woven baskets come in three different sizes and can be used all over the home as fruit baskets and desk tidies, large planters and laundry baskets.
The craftswomen in this growing cooperative are extremely skilled at producing the repeat patterns of our Linear Fusion collection, meeting weekly with their Chairlady to arrange work, deliver completed orders and pick up their wages. Sisal grass is purchased ready-rolled when The Basket Room places their orders with the cooperative, and is hand-dyed in large vats. Household soot is used to dye these baskets, collected and crushed before being added to boiling water. Fun fact: thatched and iron rooves produce different shades of brown soot!
Following all the key principles of fair trade, working with cooperatives in Africa empowers women to earn a flexible income in the dry seasons, where subsistence farming can fail to meet the needs of the family. Buy one of our woven baskets and you actively support these weavers’ livelihoods, and our commitment to fair trade.
Material: SISAL & BRANDED LEATHER TAB
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN KENYA