Aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible we use locally sourced natural fibres, paper, wood, leather and only recycled plastic in our products. All our products are handmade and unique.
No chemical fertilizers are used in sisal production.
The main reason for us to use sisal in our baskets and bags is the ability to use locally sourced material. Sisal plants grow in the dry soil of Kenya.
Sisal compared to other natural fibres
Sisal, jute, rattan and seagrass and water hyacinth are all typical basket weaving materials. But how do they differ, why would you want to select sisal for example over seagrass or jute?
Although very similar otherwise, sisal is more durable than jute, seagrass or water hyacinth. Sisal takes dying better than seagrass or water hyacinth and can be used to create baskets and bags with different colours. Sisal is also anti-static.
Compared to rattan sisal is much softer material, allowing the baskets and bags to be formed into the shape you like.
Kiondo baskets that have been made of sisal and recycled plastic are extremely durable and can even take water which makes them very versatile in use and easy to clean. They can even be used outdoors.
Our Turkana baskets are hand woven from palm leaves.
Palm leave is an eco-friendly material. Only some leaves are collected in a time from riverside palms and the tree is left to grow. It is durable and strong material, ideal for bigger baskets too.
We do not cut down trees to make our products. Our ornaments are carved out of fallen twigs of jacaranda tree and then hand painted.
Paper is a beautiful eco-friendly material that can be recycled. It is unbleached, light and durable. We have been developing paper together with a factory to provide sustainable multi-function material for many kind of use.
We use locally sourced leather in our bags and baskets. Variation in the colour of the leather handles is natural as it depends on where and how the cow has been bred. Our leather handles have been vegetable tanned. Leather is cut and stitched to baskets by our skilled leather artisan partners using traditional techniques.