For sorting, storing and carrying. Lightweight sisal basket
Mifuko is Swahili and means bag. Bags and baskets also started the cooperation of Finnish designer duo Minna Impiö and Mari Martikainen with Kenyan women - so what could be more obvious than to name the company after them? The focus of Mifuko 's range is on products that are handmade from natural and sustainable materials from the region. The bags and baskets are made from sisal, milulu grass, palm leaves, elephant grass or paper cords, but recycled plastic is also used. The containers are not only intended for transport purposes, but also serve as versatile storage and organization aids in the house: like this large basket with a capacity of almost 34 liters. Woven from sisal, it is lighter and more flexible than wicker baskets, for example, yet it has enough stability so that it can stand in the bathroom, kitchen, children's room or hobby room to house towels, laundry, toys, building blocks or stuffed animals and much more. Thanks to the strong carrying straps made of leather, the sisal basket can be carried comfortably and can thus also be used as a shopping bag.
Who has woven your basket, by the way, you can see on the attached sign, there sign the women with their name.
Mifuko - Kenyan tradition in Finnish designs.
The designs of the Finnish label Mifuko are not only characterized by Kenyan tradition and craftsmanship, but the products are also manufactured in Kenya. The cooperation with Kenyan craftswomen came about through the long-standing connection of the two Mifuko designers with Kenya. Meanwhile, Mifuko works with about 400 women who live mainly in rural areas and weave carpets, weave baskets or make bags and jewelry. Fair payment and business relationships designed for the long term are just as important as the skills and traditional manufacturing techniques are taken into account in the designs of the products. The women are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge and pass it on to younger women. They can build up their own network and are finally in a position to earn something extra for their livelihood, because first and foremost the women and their families work in agriculture. Only when their own fields are cultivated and the animals are taken care of do they weave carpets or make baskets and bags for Mifuko, thereby generating additional income that often saves them through times of drought.
Minna Impiö and Mari Martikainen have had Mifuko certified as a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), which implies the permanent implementation and control of fair trade and fair remuneration as well as the consideration of ecological compatibility and occupational safety in the production of the products. In addition, they finance projects that improve the lives of the workers and their families, such as the construction of sanitary facilities.
This product is an example of genuine handicraft; therefore, minor deviations in size and colour may occur.
Article Number 207333
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