Hadithi baskets

Our baskets are made by Hadithi Crafts, an umbrella organisation which represents a number of women’s groups who make handicrafts.
Situated in a semi-arid area, harvests often fail due to a lack of rain. So by buying these baskets, as a customer you are actively helping to provide an alternative income for wonderful people in a dry area in south-eastern Kenya.

Sisal baskets

About the ladies

The Sisal baskets are made by basket weaver women’s groups in the rural villages between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. Weaving baskets is a tradition in the Taita culture. Most groups meet every two weeks to weave baskets together, and continue their weaving at home when it best suits them. Hadithi started working with 350 weavers in 2013, and has expanded by 2019 to over 1000 weavers in the area.

Sisal baskets

About the baskets

These unique baskets are made out of sisal. Sisal is a species of Agave native to southern Mexico but widely cultivated in many other countries. Sisal is an exceptionally durable and strong material, and grows well in the harsh Kenyan climates.
The Taita ladies 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. There are no two baskets alike!

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Mkeka baskets

About the ladies

The ladies of Kideloni Women’s Group weave mkeka leaves into baskets. Most inhabitants are Duruma, which is one of the smaller sub-tribes of the Mijikenda who live in Kenya’s coast province.
People in Kajire have limited access to water, and, like most Mijikenda, rely on subsistence farming. Unfortunately there is insufficient rainfall in Kajire, so crops often fail.
The ladies of Kideloni started weaving baskets together as a women’s group, to generate an income to improve their lives and to earn money to send their children and/or grandchildren to school. Currently sixteen ladies weave baskets from mkeka.

Mkeka baskets

About the baskets

The ladies of Kideloni women's group make these strong, large and practical baskets. The baskets are woven from Mkeka, a type of indigenous palm. The palm leaves are grown in Kajire, a settlement in Kenya's Coast Province. Weaving this type of baskets is a tradition of the Mijikenda tribe and goes a long way back in their history.

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