Iringa Market Basket - Green Kitenge
Made by Vikapu Bomba
Carry this endlessly versatile and convenient tote bag with you throughout the day. The bag is beautifully hand-woven and made from Milulu, a reed-like grass local to Tanzania. Every purchase supports female artisans in the Tanzanian southern highlands.
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- Tote: approximately 11”h x 17”w x 5"d
- Base: approximately 11" x 7"
- Handles: approximately 7"
- Materials: Dried Milulu reed grass; Leather handles covered in traditional Tanzanian kitenge fabric
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
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Vikapu Bomba is based out of Tanzania and works with marginalized female artisans in rural communities. The social enterprise strives to help artisans in the southern highlands of Tanzania to revive their artisanal traditions, such as traditional weaving, that have been passed down for several generations. Artisans who work with Vikapu Bomba organize into producer groups and make hand-woven products such as tote bags, Iringa baskets, and home accessories; a local reed-like grass called Milulu is used for the fair trade goods. The women artisans develop and learn skills such as accounting, quality control, and group management. Income generated from the sales of Vikapu Bomba products helps the local economy and provides female artisans with sustainable income to take care of their families.
Iringa Basket are handwoven in Tanzania, East Africa. Woven from Milulu grass, a reed-like swamp grass, iringa baskets are an indispensable utility item of Tanzania’s Hehe people. The Iringa region has a long history of basket weaving, making them a part of the rich history of the Hehe people.
Each artisan is able to work from the comfort of their own home and community. The fair payment they receive will not be reduced by traveling expenses, childcare costs or haggled prices. Apart from providing a fair income, the artisan group that makes these baskets also provides business training, design advice, and skills workshops to its artisans.
The diversity of Tanzania is reflected in the various forms of its culture and traditions. Over 120 ethnic groups call Tanzania home, and amongst them over 100 languages are spoken, with Swahili being the official language. Tanzania has a large Indian population comprising Hindus, Sunni Muslims, Sikhs, Parsis and Goans. The multi-culturalism of Tanzania is also evident in its mixed and varied art scene, its traditional ethnic music, colorful paintings and sculptures of indigenous hardwoods, specifically fetish style figurines and masks, and perhaps best reflected, its diverse cuisine.
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Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.