Are you a basketcase?
I’m horrifically addicted to colour – it’s torture to me to be in a white, cream and grey room for too long. So I’m naturally drawn to these beautiful pieces from The Basket Room. Groovy, aren’t they?
They have a very cool range of ethical handwoven baskets and bags in loads of styles and stunning colours, with owners Holly Dutton and Camilla Sutton (pictured below) working with small craft collectives in Africa to create the beautiful collections.
Both fashion graduates, who became disillusioned with the industry, they came together six years later after spotting a gap in the market. They now split the work of importing and selling these funky baskets between the bases of Nairobi, London and the dreaming spires of Oxford.
The baskets currently come from Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda and Swaziland. In times of drought, the women in these farming communities turn to weaving in order to make an additional income. The Basket Room helps to support these weavers and preserve this age old tradition.
I’m having storage fantasies right now. Mmmm… yeah…. right there…. I can I dump my oldest son’s junk from his chest of drawers into one. Use another to store the overflowing plastic spew of Lego from my youngest’s room. Kill my indoor plants in style. Finally take a bag to the beach that isn’t one of those oversized blue IKEA ones (I know *sigh* I know). I’m in interiors esctasy here.
Prices range from as little as £3.50 for mini baskets up to £59 for extra large baskets (30cm x 26cm). As well as baskets, hot on the trend forecast that the textile bag is making a comeback, the girls have expanded their bag collection for SS16 with a new range of sisal and wool shoppers, each one hand-woven and in a funky range of colours and designs. Prices start at £60 for a large Shopper. Sold to the lady with the afterglow.