Living in remote areas of rural Kenya doesn't stop talented women from earning income. Using strands of sisal dyed to a beautifully neutral sand tone, weavers craft simple baskets that serve as chic storage in any room of the home. Sisal is a natural fiber extracted from an agave plant, so the baskets are coveted for their durability and ability to be re-shaped. Sold singly, available in two sizes. We recommend spraying lightly with cold water to reshape baskets.
Dimensions: Large: 16"D x 10"H (to top of basket), 14"H (to top of handles) Crafted from: Sisal fiber
At Swahili Modern, we believe that adaptation helps traditional African craft forms thrive. Artisans can earn a living from the comfort of home by doing creative work, so they have options beyond seeking work in cities. Through export, skills inherited through generations—sometimes with deep-rooted cultural significance—continue to bring meaning, stability, and a sense of pride to entire communities.