These unique handmade baskets are made out of sisal which is grown either on farms belonging to the Kenyan basket weavers, or else purchased from sisal estate nearby. The leaves of the sisal plant are used to obtain a fibre which is rolled to twine, and then be woven to a basket.
The weavers 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!
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So much variations to choose from..
Here is a guide to help decide what size of basket you need.
Sisal is famous for being an extremely strong and hardy material; it is resilient even to salt water!
However, care should be taken when exposing your basket to full sunlight, since this will cause the colours to fade. Whilst a splash of water will not harm these baskets, drying your basket out if it is made wet is recommended.
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.