Bread Baskets

Weaving baskets is a tradition in Taita culture using locally grown Sisal which is famous for being an extremely strong and hardy material. ASSiA sources baskets directly from Basket Weaver Women’s Groups in the rural villages between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks.

These ladies dye the fibres themselves and then roll the twine on their lap, this is a very labour intensive art. Most groups meet every two weeks to weave baskets together, and continue weaving in the meantime at home, on the bus or whilst walking to their neighbours.

The income earned helps them educate and feed  their families.

Sisal is a natural product, and if it remains damp for a long period it can go mouldy. If you use your basket as a plant pot therefore, lining it with a water proof bag is advisable.