Mifuko

Sisal basket

Natural
Mifuko
Sisal basket
Natural
    129,00 €all prices incl. VAT., excl. shipping costs
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    General Information

    For sorting, storing and carrying. Lightweight sisal basket

    Mifuko is Swahili and means bag. With bags and baskets also began the cooperation of the Finnish designer duo Minna Impiö and Mari Martikainen with the Kenyan women - so what was more obvious than to name the company after it? The focus of Mifuko's range is on products that are handmade from natural and sustainable materials from the region. Thus, 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 quite once 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 into being in 2009 as a result of the two Mifuko designers' long-standing ties with Kenya. In the meantime, Mifuko works with about 400 women, not only more in Kenya, but also in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Ghana. They live mainly in rural areas and work there primarily in agriculture. In the dry season they weave carpets, weave baskets or bags, make jewelry and many other decorative items. Fair payment and long-term business relationships are the main focus, as well as the design of the products taking into account the skills and traditional manufacturing techniques. 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 manufacture for Mifuko, thus generating additional income that often saves them through the 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 work 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.

    Hint:

    This product is an example of genuine handicraft; therefore, minor deviations in size and colour may occur.

    Product Information

    Article Number 207334

      Basket made of sisal. Leather loops made of cowhide, vegetable tanned. Volume 33,5 l. Ø 35 cm, height 35 cm (with loops 44 cm). Weight 800 g. Made in Kenya.
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