We started our partnership with the Mulikyondo Weavers in early 2019. Pelagona’s design process is in close collaboration with the weavers. The design comes from Austria, we then discuss with the weavers about the techniques, colours and feasibility. The first collection landed on pelagona.com last summer. We focussed on natural and earth tones, black, white and navy.
For the current collection, we decided to add a pop of colour while still keeping our best-selling natural tones. We already started production in early spring but due to the current challenges posed by Covid-19, our shipment was delayed for almost three months. Firstly, due to the lockdown, the weavers could not meet to finish the baskets. Secondly, closed borders and suspended air travel made it quite difficult to get the baskets to Europe.
At Pelagona, you shop knowing that your purchase empowers the women who made your basket. It is more than charities. You contribute to a sustainable income for these business women. In times of Covid-19, sustainable income opportunities are even more important as many other streams of income were cut off.
We hope you enjoy shopping for and using our baskets as much as we enjoyed making them! You can shop the baskets here.