Large Wool Market Basket by Ikavu. An authentic, handwoven market basket created by women weavers and artisans from the Ikavu Collective in Kenya. These vibrant, multi-color bags are beautiful and practical.
This is a classic market basket style from East Africa. The woven bag features a color combination that includes red, black, golden yellow & blue and accented by two rows of triangles woven in indigo blue and white yarn. The bag is made from soft and durable wool blend yarn + some sisal fiber.
Finished with a traditional style leather strap that ties on either side and is adjustable in length. The strap and trim are made made from naturally tanned leather.
A truly large basket. It's generous size makes it great for the farmers market, the grocery store, or anywhere you need a large tote basket. The texture of Ikavu's woven wool bags is supple and they can be folded or packed flat for storage and travel.
Diameter (top): 16"
Diameter (bottom): 12"
About The Designer: Ikavu was founded by two women — one from Kenya and one from California. Together with weavers and artisans they established the Ikavu Weavers Collective in 2012. One of their core principles is to create quality goods made with fair labor practices. Through their partnership with artisans in Kenya they have been able to achieve that vision.
Ikavu's designs are made from sustainable materials including sisal, baobab bark & naturally tanned leather by artisans in Kenya using traditional East African weaving techniques. Every bag is made with a focus on quality workmanship & design.
Ikavu believes everyone should have a great everyday tote bag -- a practical, reusable bag that you’ll love. There’s a good reason they stand behind this philosophy. It’s estimated that each reusable bag purchased will save over a thousand disposable bags. When you purchase a bag from Ikavu, you are helping create the next chapter in the story. Your purchase provides opportunities for talented artisans, and benefits their families and communities.
"It's the little things people do. That's what will make the difference."
- Wangari Maathai
About The Materials
Naturally Tanned Leather: This leather is tanned using traditional, low‐impact methods. Unlike large factories, these artisanal techniques utilize tree bark and small‐scale, sustainable practices. The finished product is a quality vegetable tanned leather that is dark or red brown on one side with a soft suede finish on the other. Subtle variations in color due to the craftsman process are part of the handmade nature of the leather.
Wool Blend Yarns: Ikavu uses wool-acrylic blend yarn to make their softest woven bags. These wool bags use yarn as well as sisal fiber in the weaving process. The resulting material is durable and practical, and the colors are bright and beautiful.