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Nomadic Camel Milking Baskets with Green Beads

Swahili Modern


  • These rare baskets, called "nomadic baskets," are woven by Samburu and Rendille women in remote northern Kenya. The baskets are styled for the modern home but based on traditional designs used for the storage of camel's milk.

    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.

  • 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!

Vendor: Swahili Modern

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