Woven by hand in Kenya using hand-split and hand-twisted sisal and finished with leather trimming and handles, our orange & natural and striped Kiondo basket bag, with double leather handles is not only an elegant, unique, decor piece, it is perfect for storage. Modern, beautifully designed, and very durable.
Kiondo Basket uses:
Living room storage & decor - firewood at fireplace, pillows, magazines, blankets
Shopper - groceries, farmers market and more
Knitting - yarn, designs
Toy chest - kids, dog & cat toys
Pillows and blankets
Beach day - towels, change of clothes, snacks, hats
Bathroom - towels, makeup/hair/drier
To reform any "dents" in your basket, moisten (in the shower for a moment, or dipped in water) and then reshape & dry.
Features & Materials:
Ethically sourced cow hide
Handwoven in Kenya
12" diameter (can range from 11.5 to 13”)
History of the Kiondo:
A kiondo is a handwoven handbag made from sisal with leather trimmings. Woven mostly by women and mothers, they begin by stripping the Sisal plant's outer layers, leaving the plant still able to grow. The weaver uses threads from the pale coloured layers, that have dried out for a day, to make a bag. A design pattern is finalized. The weaver then boils the threads in water and dye sets the bag's colours.
They weave by intertwining two single threads to form one strong thread. They will repeat the process until they have enough threads and colours to design the basket. It takes between two to three weeks to complete a basket depending on the size. Most weavers have to look after their households; therefore, weaving is done whenever they have the time.