This beautiful set of 3 purple Turkana storage baskets are handcrafted by a network of artisans in northwest Kenya. Highly durable, the colorful baskets nest together and come in three functional sizes:
- Large: 20 inches in diameter x 20 inches high with the lid
- Medium: 17 inches in diameter x 17 inches high with the lid
- Small: 15 inches in diameter x 15 inches high with the lid
The baskets feature bold colors and cut-out handles. Woven from doum palm (aka gingerbread tree), a local palm tree with edible fruit. The fibers are dyed, then handwoven into the traditional shape.
Since every piece is handmade, the baskets you receive may vary slightly from those pictured. An informational hang tag is attached for gift giving.
Elegant and functional, baskets can be used in any room of your home. Large hampers are excellent for storing blankets, pillows, towels, and other linens. Medium and small decorative baskets make great potato and onion bins for the kitchen pantry. Consider using them as toy boxes for your children or furry friends. They are also an attractive way to store magazines, crafts, and other items you want to keep handy.
Gift Giving: If you plan to gift this item, the packaging may indicate what is inside.
About Taste of Turkana
The Taste of Turkana is a small group of artisans located in Lodwar, Kenya. Lodwar is the capital of Turkana County. Their baskets are made with the help of the Diocese of Lodwar Catholic Mission for Turkana. The mission's outreach program supports clean drinking water, medical services, human rights advocacy, and education.
Roughly 70% of the Turkana tribe are nomads. Livestock is their livelihood. However, erratic rainfall is an unreliable source of water for grazing. Famine is a constant threat. About half of the population lives on one meal a day.
Economic circumstances are exasperated by hazardous travel conditions. Travel by air is possible, but expensive and limited. Transport of people and goods on the dilapidated roads is not recommended in and out of urban communities without police protection. Cattle rustling and banditry are widespread. Elementary-age herders carry AK-47s, made available by the Sudan conflict, to protect livestock.
The Catholic mission is teaching women to weave baskets, so they can support themselves and their families. These women live in huts made of sticks, straw, and found materials. The same straw used to weave baskets. Their huts are well adapted to the hot, dry climate of the impoverished district. Still, they survive on hope in a world where tribal culture no longer has the capacity to sustain life.
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