Samburu Basket Weavers
THE ARTISAN : SAMBURU BASKET WEAVERS
In the Ngurunit region of Northern Kenya, Samburu Basket Weavers create beautiful hand-woven baskets using palm leaves. Traditionally, the female artisans have used these baskets to store camels’ milk. Termed “nomadic baskets,” today these baskets are styled for the modern home while featuring traditional designs and techniques based on the original storage of camels’ milk. At one time, Samburu women were only permitted to own milk. Now, they can own camels as well, and they receive an income through jobs such as basket weaving and keeping bees and refining honey. Through these positive societal changes and an overall increase in the literacy rate in Ngurunit, the female artisans are treated with more respect in the community. We are proud to work with Samburu Basket Weavers and support their basket weaving traditions.
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