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Storage Baskets

Sort out your storage and organization with fair trade baskets, handmade by artisans in Africa.

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$48.00

Using strands of natural and hand-dyed sisal extracted from agave plants, women living in remote areas of rural Kenya earn income by crafting beautiful baskets for chic storage with a textural look. Woven to last, sisal baskets can be reshaped using cold water.

Size: 10"D x 13"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of the item, it may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these womens' totes are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

$42.00

This simple black sisal fruit basket is dressed up with natural white stripes and short handles. The square bottom gives this useful basket a modern profile.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions:  10"L x 10"W x 9"H

Crafted from: Sisal fiber, dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these womens' totes are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

$42.00

This simple white sisal fruit basket is dressed up with black stripes and short handles. The square bottom gives this useful basket a modern profile. 

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions:  10"L x 10"W x 9"H

Crafted from: Sisal fiber, dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these womens' totes are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

$44.00

Interweaving natural and dyed grasses to create intricate patterns, Tanzanian artisans hand-craft these stylish baskets. The baskets are named for the weaver, Maila, who perfected the new woven design.

These all-natural baskets are handwoven from milulu, a reed-like grass that grows near the city of Iringa, Tanzania. The milulu makes durable baskets, which can be rinsed with cool water and reshaped as needed.

Sold individually; choose from 3 sizes. Approximate measurements: Small 10" wide x 10" tall; Medium 12" wide x 12" tall; Large 13" wide x 13" tall. Because this product is handmade, size and design placement will vary.

About the Artisans:

Tanzanian woman artisan, weaving Maila baskets

Vikapu Bomba embodies the vision of Catherine Shembilu to create sustainable income for talented, rural Tanzanian women. For many women living in the lush southern highlands, life centers around subsistence farming, cooking, cleaning, and caring for children. Women can weave baskets between their other duties, working daily to earn money to pay school fees, buy food, procure farming supplies and contribute to savings. When a woman has money of her own to use or share, she has greater influence over her life and future.

Milulu grass reeds can be harvested carefully from the marsh without removing the entire plant. The reeds are dried in the sun, dyed with natural dyes, and split for weaving. The closeness to the earth of both maker and product gives these beautifully crafted baskets natural appeal.

$44.00

Interweaving natural and dyed grasses to create intricate patterns, Tanzanian artisans hand-craft these stylish baskets. The baskets are named for the weaver, Maila, who perfected the new woven design.

These all-natural baskets are handwoven from milulu, a reed-like grass that grows near the city of Iringa, Tanzania. The milulu makes durable baskets, which can be rinsed with cool water and reshaped as needed.

Sold singly, available in three sizes. Because these baskets are woven by hand, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions:
Small: 10"D x 10"H
Medium: 12"D x 12"H
Large: 13"D x 13"H

Crafted from: Milulu grass, natural dye

Made in: Tanzania

About the Artisans:

Tanzanian woman artisan, weaving Maila baskets

Vikapu Bomba embodies the vision of Catherine Shembilu to create sustainable income for talented, rural Tanzanian women. For many women living in the lush southern highlands, life centers around subsistence farming, cooking, cleaning, and caring for children. Women can weave baskets between their other duties, working daily to earn money to pay school fees, buy food, procure farming supplies and contribute to savings. When a woman has money of her own to use or share, she has greater influence over her life and future.

Milulu grass reeds can be harvested carefully from the marsh without removing the entire plant. The reeds are dried in the sun, dyed with natural dyes, and split for weaving. The closeness to the earth of both maker and product gives these beautifully crafted baskets widespread appeal.

$44.00

These durable, natural fiber baskets are woven from milulu, a reed-like grass that grows near the city of Iringa, Tanzania.

Dyed to a rich black with vivid purple undertones (see photos) from the dying process, the baskets are useful for storage and organizing throughout your home. They can be rinsed and reshaped with cool water as needed. 

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary.

Small: 10"D x 10"H
Medium: 12"D x 12"H
Large: 13"D x 13"H

Crafted from: Milulu grass, natural dye

Made in: Tanzania

About the Artisans:

Vikapu Bomba embodies the vision of Catherine Shembilu to create sustainable income for talented, rural Tanzanian women. For many women living in the lush southern highlands, life centers around subsistence farming, cooking, cleaning, and caring for children. Women can weave baskets between their other duties, working daily to earn money to pay school fees, buy food, procure farming supplies and contribute to savings. When a woman has money of her own to use or share, she has greater influence over her life and future.

Milulu grass reeds can be harvested carefully from the marsh without removing the entire plant. The reeds are dried in the sun, dyed with natural dyes, and split for weaving. The closeness to the earth of both maker and product gives these beautifully crafted baskets natural appeal.

$78.00

These simple yet durable baskets are hand woven by women in rural Tanzania. Available in three sizes, they are useful in every room of the home. Accents of dyed black milulu grass elevate these traditional baskets as modern decor.

Sold singly, three sizes available. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary.

Dimensions:
Small: 10"D x 10"H
Medium: 11-12"D x 12"H
Large: 13"D x 13"H

Crafted from: Milulu grass, natural dye

Made in: Tanzania

About the Artisans:

Home of the Hehe people, the city of Iringa is situated 300 miles from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and stretches along a hilltop overlooking the Ruaha River to the south. Iringa is famous for its woven baskets made from local reeds. The baskets are an important source of income for the 100,000 population town and are used across Tanzania and exported worldwide.


$44.00

These striking striped baskets are handwoven from milulu, a reed-like grass that grows near the city of Iringa, Tanzania. Each basket includes accent bands of black-dyed grass.

The all-natural baskets are very durable and can be rinsed with cool water and reshaped as needed. Due to the handcrafted nature of these baskets, slight variation may occur.

Approximate Sizes:
Small: 10"H x 10"D
Medium: 12"H x 12"D
Large: 13"H x 13"D

Crafted from: Milulu grass, natural dye

Made in: Tanzania

About the Artisans:


Home of the Hehe people, the city of Iringa is situated 300 miles from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and stretches along a hilltop overlooking the Ruaha River to the south. Iringa is famous for its woven baskets made from local reeds. The baskets are an important source of income for the 100,000 population town and are used across Tanzania and exported worldwide.


$164.00

Talented basket weavers in the northern Bolga region transform tough strands of elephant grass into shapely baskets. Hand-dyed and featuring an intricate lace weave, these baskets come in a lovely set of three.

Ideal for home storage and organization, potted plants, and more. Can be rinsed and reshaped with cool water as needed.

Small measures 10.5"D x 10"T, medium measures 12"D x 11.25"T, and large measures 13"D x 12"T. Sold as a set of three nesting baskets. Because these are handcrafted items, size and pattern may vary. [Click to read our Statement on Handmade Variation]

$64.00

This versatile set of nesting baskets is handwoven using strands of natural and hand-dyed sisal. Versatile and stylish, these baskets are perfect for mixing up storage in any space.

Sizes: [Small] 6"D x 6"T [Medium] 8"D x 8"T [Large] 10"D x 10"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these baskets are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

$52.00

This versatile set of nesting baskets is handwoven using strands of hand-dyed sisal and banana fiber. Versatile and stylish, these baskets are perfect for mixing up storage in any space.

Sold as a set of two nesting baskets. We recommend spraying lightly with cold water to reshape baskets.

Dimensions:
Small: 6"L x 6"W x 6"H
Large: 8"L x 8"W x 8"H

Crafted from: Sisal fiber, banana fiber, dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these baskets are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

$84.00

This versatile set of nesting baskets is handwoven using strands of hand-dyed sisal and banana fiber. Versatile and stylish, these baskets are perfect for mixing up storage in any space.

Sold as a set of two nesting baskets. We recommend spraying lightly with cold water to reshape baskets.

Dimensions:
Small: 10"L x 10"W x 10"H
Large: 12"L x 12"W x 12"H

Crafted from: Sisal fiber, banana fiber, dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these baskets are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

$64.00

This versatile set of nesting baskets is handwoven using strands of natural and hand-dyed sisal. Versatile and stylish, these baskets are perfect for mixing up storage in any space.

Sold as a set of three nesting baskets. We recommend spraying lightly with cold water to reshape baskets.

Dimensions:
Small: 6"L x 6"W x 6"H
Med: 8"L x 8"W x 8"H
Large: 10"L x 10"W x 10"H

Crafted from: Sisal fiber, banana fiber, dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these baskets are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

$68.00

These versatile baskets are handwoven in rural Senegal using local grasses and upcycled strips of plastic. The baskets are beautifully crafted, durable, and sturdy.

The simple, open shape makes this basket a great catch-all for knitting supplies, toys, or other items in your home. Fair trade.

Sold singly. Matching baskets are also available. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 18"L x 10"W x 11"H

Crafted from: Plastic strips, cattail stalks

Made in: Senegal

$58.00

These three little nesting storage baskets, handcrafted in Kenya from the fiber of the agave sisalana plant and dyed a bold classic black, are dressed up with colorful beads and can be used to store small items throughout the home.

Sizes: [Small] 3"D x 2"T [Medium] 4"D x 4"T [Large] 5"D x 5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these baskets are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

$148.00

These modern African baskets is woven using black and cream recycled plastic strands coiled around cattail stalks to form a criss cross pattern. This set will provide stylish storage for any room in the house.

Dimensions:
Small: 11"L x 11"W x 7"H
Med: 14"L x 14"W x 9.25"H
Large: 16"L x 16"W x 11"H

Crafted from: Cattail stalks, plastic

Made in: Senegal

Due to the handmade nature of this item, some variation is expected. Read our Statement on Handmade Variation to learn more. Fair trade.

$48.00

Wolof women in the West African nation of Senegal hand-weave baskets in the traditional coil weaving method, using natural grass. Interweaving colorful strips of plastic, salvaged from a mat factory in Dakar, the weavers brighten up the baskets and create designs.

Cattails grow abundantly in rural Senegal, making this natural grass a sustainable choice. The Wolof women earn a sustainable income from basket weaving, while enriching homes around the world with modern African craftsmanship.

This storage basket features a fitted, flat lid.

Measures approximately 13" wide by 8" tall. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size and design placement may vary slightly. 

$32.00

Senegalese craftswomen weave cattail stalks with strips of plastic to create these decorative storage baskets such as this one.

This design features a low, wide profile with a fitted lid. The baskets measure 11"D x 5"T and are ideal for storing books, food, or linens.

Fair trade and handmade. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

$52.00

Featuring a white band and a unique half & half pattern, this useful bath bin is handwoven by an association of more than 100 rural Wolof women in the West African nation of Senegal. It is woven in the coil style by binding dried cattail stalks with plastic strips salvaged from a Dakar mat factory. The combination of natural and synthetic materials beautifully displays modern African artistry.

Measures 13"T x 12"D. Due to the handmade nature of this item, size may vary slightly. 

$115.00

This oversized basket from Kenya provides versatile storage and striking style. Unstructured and woven from 100% sisal, the basket must be stuffed full to remain upright: think blankets and pillows, other oversized storage, or your most massive potted house plant!

Sisal is a tough, natural fiber with a spiky texture, extracted from the agave plant, which is prized for its sustainability. Baskets woven from sisal are remarkably durable.

Limited edition. Sold individually. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Made from 100% sisal and textile dye.

Due to the large size and unstructured nature of this basket, it will ship flattened and will need to be shaped upon arrival.

Approximate Size: 22"T x 21"W

Made in: Kenya

Care: Spray with cold water and reshape as needed. Visit our Basket Care & Reshaping page to learn more.

About the Artisans:

In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these womens' totes are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

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