Woven by hand in Kenya using hand-split and hand-twisted sisal and finished with leather trimming and handles, our plain black Kiondo basket, with double leather handles is not only an elegant, unique, decor piece, it is perfect for storage. Modern, beautifully designed, and very durable.
- As a handbag, purse or casual bag
- Knitting - yarn, designs
- Beach day - towels, change of clothes, snacks, hats
To reform any "dents" in your basket, moisten (in the shower for a moment, or dipped in water) and then reshape & dry.
Features & Materials:
- Sisal plant
- Ethically sourced cow hide
- Azo-free dyes;
- Handwoven in Kenya
- Fairly traded
10" (25cm) diameter (can range from 9.5 to 10.5”)
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.