Handwoven baskets by Kenyan women – Hadithi Baskets
Hadithi Crafts offers a collection of traditional and contemporary baskets, handmade by women in Tsavo (Kenya), from the fibre of the sisal plant. The weaver dyes, dries and twines her sisal fibres by hand, following traditional techniques passed on by generations of basket weavers.
The basket is entirely a weaver’s own design, telling her story through the intricate patterns and colors she has chosen to weave.
You will find the name of the women who made the basket handwritten in the basket, as well as a picture of the artisan weaver.
Want to more know about the process ‘from Sisal to Basket’? Click here.
Hadithi means ‘story’ in Swahili, a name that is reflected in the products. Basket weaving means a vital income for her (and for all the 1800 weavers in the various women groups that Hadithi now supports). The money goes a long way, especially in the dry season, when as a farmer, she often fails to produce enough harvest to even meet her family’s basic needs.
Basket weaving provides her with some financial stability, money to pay school fees and buy food. Any profit generated by Hadithi sales goes back to the women groups to support them further. Solid Crafts also takes on a supportive role for the Hadithi women’s groups by helping them to build their commercial and business skills and improve their product quality.
All these skills are helping them to improve their lives overall.
In love with nature
Our beautiful baskets are made from sisal fibers. Our weaver ladies either grow sisal plants on their farms or else buy local fibres from the sisal estates in Mwatate, Kenya. Sisal is an exceptionally durable and strong material, and grows well in harsh Kenyan climates. No pesticides nor chemical fertilizers are needed in sisal agriculture.
A basket for everyone
Whether you are looking for tiny, cute sisal baskets or big large ones, our weaving ladies in Kenya make sure that there’s a basket in every size you can wish for. Sizes vary from xxs to xxl.
Whether you are looking for thicker or finer woven baskets, whether you are looking for colourful, vibrant or more classic, neutral baskets: we’ve got you covered.
More information can be found in the lookbook.
Who made your basket?
Weaving baskets is a tradition in Taita culture. Hadithi baskets are made by Basket Weaver Women’s Groups in the rural villages between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. 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. Hadithi started working with 350 weavers in 2013, and has expanded to over 1800 weavers in the area. The Hadithi team visits each group every two months and purchase the baskets on the spot. These meetings are also a great opportunity to chat with the groups and discover some of their needs.