As a photographer who has been blessed to travel the world, I’m constantly inspired by the people I meet and the unique things I’ve experienced. The Shop by Reed Davis is a curated collection of images and items I love and want to share
Shop Taita Natural Hadithi Baskets
Traditional fine weave baskets are made with ultra thin twine, they are a labor-intensive process. Dying, rolling and weaving the natural traditional style is made only using natural dyes derived from tree barks, plants and soil.
The Taita ladies from the Kasigau Weaver’s Group in Kenya dye the fibres themselves and then roll the twine on their lap. Making baskets is a very labour intensive art. The baskets come in a number of different colours and patterns with each design entirely created by these artistic Taita ladies
ABOUT THE LADIES
Weaving baskets is a tradition in Taita culture. Hadithi baskets are made by Basket Weaver Women’s Groups in the rural villages between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. Most groups meet every two weeks to weave baskets together and continue weaving in the meantime at home, on the bus or whilst walking to their neighbours. Hadithi started working with 350 weavers in 2013 and has expanded by 2019 to over 1000 weavers in the area. We visit each group every two months and purchase the baskets on the spot. These meetings are also a great opportunity to chat with the groups and discover some of their needs.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BASKET
Sisal is famous for being an extremely strong and hardy material; it is resilient even to salt water! However, care should be taken when exposing your basket to full sunlight, since this will cause the colours to fade. Whilst a splash of water will not harm these baskets, drying your basket out if it is made wet is recommended. Sisal is a natural product, and if it remains damp for a long period it can go mouldy. If you use your basket as a plant pot therefore, lining it with a water proof bag is advisable.