Meticulously woven from doum palm leaves, these Kimbia baskets have black beads. They can be used as planters, flower pots and fruit bowls. Or, jewellery baskets, desk tidies and organisers for bathroom toiletries…the possibilities are endless!
These palm leaf baskets are produced by weavers from both the Samburu and Rendille tribes. They are all members of the Ngurunit Weavers Group in Northern Kenya. Farming and milk are the mainstays of this Ariaal pastoralist community. Traditionally these palm leaf baskets were woven to collect camel milk in, coated in a waterproof substance and smoked to make watertight. This tight and complex form of basket weaving has recently been revived. Using the traditional Rendille weaving style along with Samburu designs and beading it creates a versatile, beautiful home accessory.