These unique baskets can be used to keep so many different things tidy: knitting needles, small craft projects, remote controls, jewellery… they can even be used as an unusual and attractive cache-pot so long as the interior pot is water-tight; the sky’s the limit!
They are very roughly 18cms/7″ high by 18cms/7″ diameter; but do vary because of their hand made nature.
They are made out of sisal which is grown either on farms belonging to the basket weavers, or else purchased from a sisal estate nearby. The leaves of the sisal plant are used to obtain a fibre which is rolled into twine, which can then be woven into a basket.
The weavers from the Kasigau Weaver’s Group dye the fibres themselves and then roll the twine on their lap. Making baskets is a very labour intensive art. The baskets come in a number of different colours and patterns, with each design entirely made up by these artistic Taita ladies.