These useful rare baskets are woven by Samburu and Rendille women in remote northern Kenya. Called "nomadic baskets," the baskets are styled for the modern home but based on traditional designs used for the storage of camel's milk.
Nomadic baskets are sold in three useful nesting sizes and are adorned with white beads. Because these baskets are handcrafted, each will vary slightly.
Each basket is tightly knit and is designed to last a lifetime. [L] 7.5"D x 5"T [M] 5.5"D x 4"T [S] 4.5"D x 4"T (out of stock)
For the pastoral communities of northern Kenya, life pivots on the coming of rain and the survival of livestock. When the skies open, the landscape becomes lush and fragrant. Cattle and goats drink and forage near home and families stay together. In times of drought, warriors must travel far to find water for their herds, leaving women and children at home alone to endure dry seasons of unknown length as the streams, earth and trees dry around them.
Where they were once only allowed to own milk, Samburu women now own camels, plus they earn income by making baskets, processing meat and hides, keeping bees and refining honey. Through this shift in property control and a general increase in literacy in the region, Samburu women have become valued contributing community members.
This tassel necklace from Uganda brings together handmade paper beads, cow horn and lustrous silvery glass beads in a sophisticated adornment that pairs beautifully with a variety of wardrobe choices.
Because this is a handcrafted item that includes natural components, each necklace will vary slightly. Size: 37"L, 5"L tassel.
Ugandan artisans working together as Ajuna handcraft more refined and tightly rolled than other paper beads coming from Africa to make these petite beads. The beads are eco-friendly and vibrant, and support grassroots efforts to bolster healthy African communities.
Handcrafted from finely woven organic cotton, these broad scarves feature a delicately dyed gray stripe and finished with crocheted baubles.
Each incredibly soft and translucent scarf is made using traditional bogolan fabric that has been tie-dyed with indigo and natural dyes. The scarves are 100% organic cotton and made by a women's cooperative recognized for its work by UNESCO.
Measures 68"L x 20"W.
The Cooperative Djiguiyaso (House of Hope) represents a group effort between more than 100 talented craftswomen in Mali. This Bamako-based cooperative uses traditional bogolan tie-dyed with indigo and makes use of its artisans’ skills in crochet, weaving, spinning, cutting, and sewing. All products are made from 100% organic cotton. In 2010, the cooperative was recognised for its work by UNESCO.
Eco-friendly and fair trade, this African bracelet is made by polishing pieces of cow bone and stringing them together on jewelry elastic. Artisans hammer small brass studs into each segment of bone to add visual appeal.
These comfortable bracelets stretch to fit most wrists and measure 2.5"W.
Joseph operates a small jewelry and accessories workshop in his home in Nairobi's Mathare neighborhood. Together with two talented young men, he crafts beautiful adornments from readily available and iconic Kenyan materials.