Woven Basket with Bead Dots
Made by Samburu Basket Weavers
$ 38.00 - $ 48.00
Form, fun, and function all in one stylish storage solution. Hand-woven from palm leaves and decorated with white beads, this neutral-colored basket fits in with any style of décor. Use it as a planter, hold colorful craft supplies, or clear off the desk clutter. Each purchase empowers artisans at Samburu Basket Weavers of Kenya.
Beaded Woven Basket | Fair Trade | The Little Market
- 7 x Small
- 4 x Large
- Small approximately: 5.5" diameter x 4" tall
- Large approximately: 7.5 diameter x 5" tall
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
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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.
Samburu Basket Weavers create durable baskets from palm leaves in the pastoral communities of Ngurunit in Northern Kenya. The baskets are tightly woven, following a coil style, and are durable and watertight. Each hand-woven basket can take a female artisan up to one month to make as she also works on a variety of duties and takes care of her family. The female artisans incorporate traditional techniques and designs into each piece while also designing them for use in today’s modern home. Every purchase contributes to their income and improves their livelihood and respect within their communities.
Kenya has a population of more than 35 million people comprising of 42 ethnic groups, each with its own language and culture, as well as Asian, Arab and European Communities, which makes for a fascinating mix of traditions and cultures. Kenya’s multifaceted culture is expressed in different forms, from its people and language, food, music and dance, art, artifacts, theatre and literature to its ethnic values and ethical norms.
Kenya is among the world’s 30 poorest countries, ranking 145 out of 185 countries on the 2012 Human Development Index, and more than one-half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line on less than US $1 a day. Years of drought in this region have had a serious impact on the well-being of children, increasing malnutrition rates, morbidity and mortality.
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