Malkia - True Blue Yarn / Sisal Tote Bag


Midnight blue stripes make a bold statement on this beautiful, handwoven basket bag. The perfect size for days out and trips to the gym, beach and market, you’ll be waging war on plastic when you opt for one of our ethically handwoven totes. 

Made by a member of a women’s weaving co-operative in the greater Lower Eastern region of Kenya, each basket bag takes up to a week to complete, depending on the preferred workload and pace of the weaver. The magic art of basketry takes place in and around other household chores, church, childcare and farming duties. Once completed, these sisal bags are sent to a local tannery where cow hide shoulder straps are produced and attached by artisan leatherworkers. All leather used is a by-product of the food industry and otherwise destinated for landfill. 

During the dry seasons, farming communities often struggle to produce and sell enough crop to meet their family’s basic needs. In weaving and selling our basket bags, women are empowered to support their families more comfortably, making the money they need to pay school fees and put food on the table.

Material:  Sisal and Yarn (Synthetic), Leather Straps   

Dimensions: 40cmW X 30cmH approx (width is measured at the widest part of the bag)

Strap Length: 29cm approx

Leather used is a by-product of the food industry.

Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.