“I learnt basket weaving from my father and uncles.
The hardest to weave is the dog basket, because of how it is designed: When you are done weaving the base, you will have to squat to be able to weave it, you can’t hold it like the other baskets.
The easiest is the hamper, which is the basket I always like weaving.
Basket weaving is one of my handicraft jobs.
I am also a DSTV installation operator. I fix dishes and set up DSTV for individuals in their homes.”
“I was taught how to weave hats by my father. He only knew how to weave hats.
I saw others weaving something different from the hats, so I followed them to learn how to weave round baskets and shopper baskets.
The shopper baskets are harder to weave because of their U shape and height, the round baskets are easier easiest due to their round nature.
Weaving has changed my life a lot and is now my source of income.“
“My elder siblings taught me how to weave. They used to weave hats when I was little, before they went to learn how to weave baskets. I can weave the round, shopper, planter, and pot baskets.
I am a farmer, weaving isn’t my only source of income. Ever since I started weaving, I no longer ask for financial help from anyone – I can take care of my needs
. Basket weaving is very good, I wouldn’t know what I will be engaged in if I hadn’t learned it.”
We believe in supporting and respecting the artists we buy from, doing business at local and fair market prices. We get to know each artist and supplier personally, establishing rapport and learning about the pieces they create before purchasing.
Our relationships with these artists and suppliers are strengthened by our annual visits. We believe this mutual loyalty and respect fosters good karma and results in these wonderful products being created with greater pride, respect and care.
“Basket weaving was not my thing until I got married and got to my husband’s house, and saw my mother-in-law and her daughters engaged in basket weaving. I was excited when my mother-in-law asked me to join them. I learnt quickly and ever since I have not stopped weaving.
I weave the Kiss kass shaker all the time, because before I weave I already have buyers, unlike the other baskets which I have to take to the market each market day to find a buyer.
Basket weaving has helped my family a lot. My husband and I are both weavers, weaving is our only source of income”
“I had two friends who knew how to weave. One thought me how to weave the round basket, and the other thought me the shopper basket.
I learned basket weaving because I needed a handicraft job to earn a living. I am a weaver and a farmer, I go back to farming in the wet season, after that I continue to weave till the wet season comes again the following year.
It was difficult for me to get money to take care of my children and their education, ever since I started weaving I no more find it difficult to provide for their educational materials.”
“Basket weaving is not part of my family’s tradition. None of my parents knew how to weave. I was taught by my elder brother, who learnt basket weaving outside our community.
I learnt so fast and I can now weave the oval basket, baby basket, laundry with lid, hamper, and the dog basket.
Ever since I finished senior high school I have been weaving, since I have no job at hand to earn money. I am able to take care of myself with the money I earn through weaving, and also bought a motorbike.”
We have been working with the same weavers since 1997 and have established a successful ongoing partnership that employs over 30 locals and their families