Kaisa is a wild grass that is used in Bangladeshi basket-making. Our baskets also use upcycled sarees from the garment industry. Saree is wrapped around a few coils at the top to finish-off these table baskets.
A sustainable fibre, kaisa grows along the riverbanks in Bangladesh. When kaisa dries, it changes color 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 strand on top of each other - to make the basket. As the coils are made, they are bound together with upcycled saree and strips of palm leaves.
These table baskets are great as simple storage for nic-nacs, coins, keys and other odds and ends.
Our artisans are from the northern region of Bangladesh - Rangpur. The purchase of these baskets providesa sustainable and reliable source of income to support their families and communities.
Large Basket: Dia=35 (top) H=13cm; RRP=$25 Medium Basket: Dia=30 (top) H=10cm; RRP=$20 Small Basket: DIa=25 (top) H=7cm; RRP=$15