Kaisa is a wild grass that is used in Bangladeshi basket-making. These baskets are different than our others, in that the kaisa is dyed to see the swirl of colours! You will see a picture of the artisan dyeing it in a small vat - that's hand-dyed and handmade!
Our Fair Trade artisans are from the northern region of Bangladesh - Rangpur. The purchase of these baskets providesmeaningful employment for artisan families and communities.
A sustainable fibre, kaisa grows along the riverbanks in Bangladesh. When kaisa dries, it changes colour from natural light green to a pale tan. It is widely used in Bangladesh but availability in Australia is limited.
Our Fair Trade artisans bunch the kaisa strands and coil the strands on top of each other - to make the basket. As the coils are made, they are bound together with upcycled saree strips.
NOTE: This item is only available as a wholesale item to RETAIL SHOPS with an Australian Business Number (ABN). It is not available for personal shoppers. Please contact us if you need further information.