the art of making beautiful, high-quality handcrafted goods
Never the result of luck -
The intricate design and perfected craft of your favorite KAZI basket is created through a long tradition that has been passed through the hands of mothers to their daughters for centuries.
When you purchase artisan-made goods,
you aren't simply purchasing a woven product - you're investing in a high-quality, handcrafted, naturally sourced work of art created by an experienced weaver.
How is your
A high-quality basket begins with locally sourced materials and resources that are accessible to weavers. With leaves that can grow several feet long, sisal is a perfect source of the long, strong fibers needed to weave a basket. Found high in the mountains or low in the swampy areas, the plant is scattered throughout the regions across Rwanda.
The first steps
involve a labor intensive process in which the leaves of the sisal plant are stripped, revealing the useful threads inside. Using water to loosen them and a machete blade to separate them, weavers work to carefully break the fibers down into individual strands.
The white sisal
now act as a blank canvas for another important step before the weaving begins - the dyeing process. Often, groups of weavers gather together, turning their fiber dyeing into a collaborative event.
Dyes are added
to boiling water brewing in large metal pots. The artisans stir and wait, ensuring fibers are perfectly infused with the dye. When the shade is just right, the brilliantly colored fibers are hung like laundry to dry, and the construction process can finally begin.
The process of weaving is intricate. Sisal fibers are wound around thin bundles of sweet grass, and secured stitch by stitch into a tiny coil. The coil grows as the process continues, and the weaver incorporates differently colored sisal threads into careful patterns or designs.
the basket takes shape, and the completed basket- with its brilliant hues vibrantly dyed, neat coils carefully bound, and intricate design expertly stitched- is a labor of love, a testament to skill, and a piece of art.Watch how
The finished basket is breathtaking.
The completed basket... is a labor of love, a testament to skill and a piece of art.