Care instructions - Mifuko

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EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

Mifuko's wonderful baskets help you organise your home and to find the right place for everything from small toys to pillows.

100 % HANDMADE

We believe that a happier future is made by hand.

FAIR TRADE

We have committed to putting people and planet first in everything we do. 

LOVELY ORNAMENTS

Mifuko's ornaments have been handcarved from fallen jacaranda tree branches.

LIMITED EDITION SCARVES

Skafu silk-cotton scarves have been handwoven in Ethiopia in a Fair Trade workshop.

MIFUKO STORIES

Learn more about our work in Kenya.

Mifuko is a proud member of World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), the highly regarded global community of social enterprises that practice Fair Trade. WFTO members must demonstrate they put people and the planet first, adhering to the WFTO Fair Trade Principles.

Shaping your basket

Here you can find useful information on how to care for your Mifuko basket. For other products, please follow the instructions delivered with the product.

Kiondo and Mkeka collection baskets are folded for shipment. You can reshape them by spritzing them slightly with water using a spray bottle and then reshape with your hands. Here is a video demonstrating how to shape your Kiondo collection basket to the desired form. After following these steps, your basket is ready to be used.

Product tips for baskets

Storing the baskets

You can store your Kiondo and Mkeka baskets by folding them and stacking them away. Please note that Iringa and Bolga baskets can't be folded.

New shape

You can create a new look for your Kiondo basket by turning down the top. This also makes the basket slightly smaller.

In contact with food

All our materials meet the standards and are safe to use in contact with food. Use them to grow herbs, and store and serve food.

Baskets as planters

Use our baskets to update your planters. All baskets tolerate humidity, rain and water. However, it is important that the basket is not wet all the time. If it gets wet, empty the basket and let it dry well. When using the basket as a plant basket, place a saucer inside the basket before putting a plant in its pot inside. 

Using baskets outdoors

Our baskets are well suited for outdoor use. Use them as planters or store blankets for cooler evenings. Best place for a basket is on a covered balcony or under an eave where it is not in direct rain fall. If the basket is constantly wet, sisal and paper will start to decompose. When using fertilisers while watering the plants, avoid the basket from getting wet as the chemicals will increase risk of decomposing.

Leather handles

The leather handles have been vegetable tanned. They comfortably wide and don't slip, and they can easily hold heavy weight. You can let the handle age on its own or you can use leather care product. In that case, we recommend using colourless products to avoid any staining.

Cleaning your basket

Baskets that are made of sisal and upcycled plastic are not afraid of a little water. You can clean them with damp cloth or rinse with water but prevent from rubbing the surface. Let dry in a warm place but not in direct sunlight.

Baskets made of paper, sisal and palm tree leaves do not tolerate soaking, but can be cleaned with water. Remove any stains as quickly as possible by blotting the stain with a clean, absorbent rag until the rag is saturated. Do not rub the stain or you will push the stain into the fibres and damage the surface. Continue blotting with a clean rag until the rag comes away clean. Let the basket dry airily to avoid misshaping.

Do not rub, machine wash, spin or tumble dry.

Launched in January 2021, the WASH and Grow! project has made consistent progress on ecological sanitation, strengthened local civil society by supporting the establishment of Mifuko Women Development CBO, a women artisans' own grassroots level organisation, and established effective cooperation with local government.
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