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Size: [L] 7.5"D x 5"T [M] 5.5"D x 4"T [S] 4.5"D x 4"T
Materials: Doum palm leaves, beads
These incredibly durable baskets are hand woven by Samburu and Rendille women in remote northern Kenya. Called "nomadic baskets", these rustic vessels are styled for the modern home but based on traditional designs used for the storage of camel's milk.
In addition, the community pursues progress in education, water sourcing and livestock husbandry, as well as traditional craft production for exporting. PEAR (Participatory Education, Awareness and Resources) Group partners with the Samburu and Rendille basket weavers to find markets for their camel milking baskets, a daily-use item which provides a sustainable income for the community when exchanged on the world market.
Women use doum palm leaves, tightly woven in the coil style, to create these durable, watertight baskets. Typically used to store camelís milk, the baskets are coated for that use with a layer of colostrum, the camelís first milk after birthing, and then before each use, a basket is smoked with wood smoke to kill microbes that could spoil the milk.
Baskets created for the export market reflect the Samburu trend to embellish and personalize baskets with beads, shells, tree bark, leather strips or sisal string. Created with great attention to quality and style, your Camel Milking Basket may have taken an Ngurunit woman up to a month to create while working around household duties.