Kiondos (Baskets Woven in Kenya)


Size: 55 H x 39 W x 3 in

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Painting: oil charcoal and Oil on Canvas.

My father and mother came to visit me in Kenya about four years ago, and we stopped by the side of the road where an old Kikuyu lady was weaving huge baskets from wool and sisal. My parents were so taken with the lady and her baskets that they bought quite a few to take back to friends in the States. Since then, basket sellers have cropped up along the sides of the roads all over Nairobi, and their baskets are colorful and full of energy and life.

The tradition of basket weaving among women in the Kikuyu and Kamba tribes of Kenya goes back a long time. The sisal grass is picked, dried and torn into strips. More sisal or wool yarn is employed for the colorful stripes. Sometimes, sweaters that are sold in the Matumba (second hand market) are unraveled for use as wool yarn. Real leather is used to stitch the tops and handles- and the baskets last a long time with hard use.

I couldn't resist the colors for the painting series I am undertaking now, called Kali, for sun, in honor of these Jua Kali (hot sun) workers.

Keywords: Nairobi, Africa, Color, Kenya, Culture, Kiondos, Baskets

Subjects: World Culture

Styles: Expressionism, Fine Art, Modern, Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism

Mediums: oil charcoal, Oil

Materials: Canvas

Prints: World Culture Art Prints, Expressionism Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Modern Art Prints, Pop Art Art Prints, Abstract Expressionism Art Prints, oil charcoal Art Prints, Oil Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints

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