Behind the Scenes: Sisal Basket Collection

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We are so excited to introduce our new collection of sisal baskets. New colours, patterns and sizes have just landed – sunny yellow, funky neon, cool blues and more natural tones. We worked closely with our partner artisan group, the Mulikyondo Weavers in Kenya and are really happy how the collection turned out.

Our goal was to offer you a collection which works the whole year and in many of your rooms. Whether you use them as laundry hampers, a cute way to store toys or to store kitchen utensils or stationery – we’ve got you covered with these stylish storage solutions.

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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.

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Finishing touches before the products are being shipped.

But we have made it! Thanks to the amazing team in Kenya, the first batch of baskets has landed, and more are inbound. So don’t worry – if your basket is already sold out, more are on their way. You can also send us an email if you have any questions or if you want to know an estimate when your basket will be back in stock.

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At Pelagona, attention to detail is in our DNA. Every product is inspected – of course, our furry team member has a say too.

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.

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The weaving team in Kenya

We hope you enjoy shopping for and using our baskets as much as we enjoyed making them!

You can shop the baskets here:

Handmade Sisal Basket Yellow Stripes Medium Size Flowers

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Meet the Women Behind Our Sisal Baskets from Kenya

Meet the Women Behind Our Sisal Baskets from Kenya

As you may have discovered by now, my vision for Pelagona is to offer luxury items which are not only beautiful but also ethically and sustainably made. Ethical production and sustainability can sound abstract and it seems these buzzwords have become a marketing strategy: many stores who market their products by using these buzzwords but without giving any further information about who actually made them and how. My goal is to show you who made your products and what is your impact if you make a purchase with Pelagona.

Over the past months, I have started to get in touch with initiatives all over the world to source from them for the store. I am really excited to announce our latest partnership with the Mulikyondo Basket Weavers Initiative in Kenya.

All the items are handmade mostly by mothers and daughters following Pelagona’s design. Basket weaving has become an important way of income for the women as agriculture has been challenged by climate change. The income through the weaving allows the women financial freedom and, hence, less dependency on their husbands and/or extended communities or relatives. Furthermore, meeting for weaving reaffirms their social interactions and strengthens their community. It allows them to discuss the issues they face with other women and offer advice for each other.

These hand-woven baskets are pretty and versatile – I mix various colours, sizes and patterns and use them as laundry hampers or storage for blankets and pillows. You can also use it to store stuffed toys of your little ones. Check the collection out here:

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By shopping at Pelagona you will receive a beautiful addition to your home but you will also make a significant impact.

Your Impact:

  1. Empower female artisans
  2. Keep local arts alive
  3. Support the women in becoming independent

Handmade Sisal Baskets Kenyan Weavers Group

Picture courtesy of Mulikyondo Weaving Community