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A beautiful African tradition

Our story begins in 2017 the year I fell in love with Nairobi, Kenya. I fell in love with the country, the people, the warmth and ... with the traditional basket weaving. Making baskets is a tradition in Africa that is passed on from mother to daughter. The so-called "kiondo's" are used by the Kenyans for all kinds of purposes: as a carrying basket, shopping bag or storage basket.


Het sisal in zijn natuurlijke vorm. Hierna wordt het nog gekleurd, hoodzakelijk met natuurlijke kleurstoffen zoals bloemen, aarde, ... 
 
 

100% natural materials, 100% artisanship

Each basket is unique, handmade and has its own history. The baskets are made from sisal, a plant that grows very easily in dry conditions. The fibers of the plant are rolled into threads with which the baskets is woven. 100% natural materials and 100% artisanship, no machines or heavy industry.
 

De vaten waarin het sisal gekleurd wordt. Alles wordt met de hand gedaan, geen grote, vervuilende machines. Al de resten kleurstof worden bij elkaar gegoten, om zwart te maken.

On this image you can see the barrels in which the sisal is colored. Everything is completely manual work, not machines or polluting industry. Mainly natural materials are used to color the sisal, such as soil, flowers, ... The remains are all cast together to make black.

 

Sustainable

With the income from the baskets, the women support their family, cover medical expenses and send their children to school. All the more reasons to bring these baskets to the European market and to let everyone enjoy these gems. A sustainable way to support the African economy.


Deze vrouwen zorgen voor een perfecte afwerking van de manden

 

Tradition

All our baskets are handmade in Africa. Weaving baskets is a tradition in Africa, passed down from mother to daughter. Yet the tradition of basket weaving is in danger of being lost. These baskets were mainly used to transport the harvest. Today plastic bags are used instead of baskets, because they are cheaper and easier to make. This way, this beautiful craft is in danger of being lost. With Mambo Baskets we want to help maintain the tradition by selling these beautiful baskets in Europe.
 

Fair wages

The personal contact with the weavers is very important to me. I therefore guarantee the baskets are made with love and that the artisans receive a fair remuneration. We even take it to the next level. Every year the artisans determine the price that they want to receive for the baskets. Besides that the artisans can choose where and when they finish a basket, so they have time to take care of their families and support their families with the proceeds of the baskets.
 
I hope you fall in love with these African baskets as well and you want to help me in maintaining this wonderful tradition.
 
With love,
 
Nathalie

 

 

  • Ikzelf met een groep wevers

 

 

Size chart

Kenian baskets (unless otherwise stated on the product page)

Size Height Diameter Price
XS 10 cm 15 cm €29
S 15 cm 20 cm €39
M 20 cm  25 cm €49
L 35 cm 35 cm €79
XL 30 cm 40 cm €89
XXL 40 cm 40 cm €109

Jemima baskets (unless otherwise stated on the product page)

Size    Height     Width     Price
M 30 cm 30 cm €89
L 45 cm 55 cm €129
XL 50 cm  60 cm €139

Traditional fine weave Taita baskets

 Size Diameter Price
XS 11-15 cm €25
S 16-20 cm €35
M 21-25 cm €45
L 26-30 cm  €59
XL 31-35 cm €69