This traditional Kiondo is a heritage basket bag from Vicky Ngari’s Kenyan Kikuyu roots.
Vicky guided three young single mums to learn the ancient ways from their grandmothers. She has since started petitions to encourage knowledge exchange through cultural heritage.
Kenya’s ban on plastic bags has risen the Kiondo bag as a national trend, increasing employment opportunities for more rural women. The Kiondo’s natural colour is cream traditionally made from stripping the Sisal plant, then dyed a rich brown using the bark of a muasi (tree).
Each Kiondo is slightly different , creating a unique social interaction between the individual wearer's. These have been finished with metal handles and adjustable chains for multi-purpose use. The cone shape turned upside down is how Kikuyu wove their huts. The crafting starts with the navel at the top representing the cosmic order from one source, then spiraling down, symbolic of spiritual realities which meets earthly realm at the wider bottom.
Men and Women gathered, weaving their arms together to imitate the circular layers as they rhythmically rotated around a tree (symbolising the navel of the Kiondo) emphasising tree’s as the origin or axis of the world.
Children held hands while playing the Kiondo game, while singing , constructing and deconstructing a living spiral like the Kiondo technique.