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HADITHI sisal handbag
- size M
- inside lined with fine eco-cotton
- leather straps and zipper
- for exact measurements & extra info on shipping costs: please scroll down

meaning 'story' in Swahili
a story that goes like this:

This handbag iswoven with sisal threads by one of the 250 beautiful ladies that form the Kasigau Basket Weaver Group.

Basket weaving is a traditional craft in a number of Kenyan tribes. The age-old basket weaving skill is passed on from grandmother to granddaughter.

The process of making these baskets starts with the sisal plant. Plants that are richly grown in Kenya. After harvesting the leaves are 'skinned' until only their fibers remain. The fibers are left to dry. The dried fibers are firmly rolled into threads, which goes best on a bare thigh (auch!). The same amount of fibers has to be selected at all times, to keep the same thickness overall. Quite some hours will pass, to obtain enough thread to weave a full basket.
Some threads are also colored beforehand. Traditional coloring can be used, like earth, tree bark or keeping the treads underground between plant roots to darken. Bright colors are obtained with textile dyes. Then finally, the weaving can start. Showing off their creativity in crazy patterns and colors is just the thing these ladies like!

Lore has elected this basket to become part of HADITHI's handbag line, which she personally developed further. Our leather craftsman Ezra, lined it a with soft goat's leather and super smooth handles.

By purchasing one of these sisal products you will support:

❥ THE LADIES of the Kasigau region in Kenya. Gathering their income from basket weaving means less dependance on often failing harvests. The benefits of basket sales are fully spent on supporting their families, making them able to pay for nutritious food, education fees or improving their homes. Elderly ladies, which are often most skilled, can continue to contribute to better off their families, even when physical strength is taming.

❥ The conservation of a threatened FOREST and it's WILDLIFE. When harvests fail, often the only other ways to provide income is to chop down trees and turn them into charcoal to sell or poaching valuable wildlife in the area.

❥ And of course, preserving the beautiful TRADITION of weaving baskets!

To learn more about HADITHI and the nature conservation organization behind it, you can turn to:

❥ www.hadithikenya.com

❥ www.wildlifeworks.com

Also, please visit our About-page to see what's behind the shop...

Top diameter: 45 cm - 16 inch
Bottom diameter: 20 cm - 8 inch
Depth: 24 cm - 9.5 inch
Length of straps: 44 cm - 5.5 inch

With this handbag you will receive a thank you note from the Kasigau Basket Weavers, and a picture of the woman who has been weaving your handbag. Maintaining the personal link between product and maker is very important to us, and 100% traceability is our ultimate goal.

When purchasing more then one basket at once, it might be that shipping costs are over-estimated. Please send us a note if you want to purchase more than one basket (preferably with your selection mentioned) so we can estimate the actual weight. If you haven't, we are always willing to refund charged shipping costs in case they have exceeded the actual costs.

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HADITHI sisal handbag from Kenya


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: plants, eco friendly materials, sisal threads, weaving patterns, natural twine, hand rolled twine, natural materials, natural fibers, brown leather, goat leather, organic cotton
  • Ships worldwide from Belgium
  • Feedback: 14 reviews
  • Favorited by: 147 people