4 ways to use all natural wicker baskets - Products that travel time & adapt to all lifestyles

It's early morning about 6 am and I sit in my balcony slowly sipping a beautiful moka pot brewed coffee from KC Roasters (my last stock picked just before the lockdown started, the natural rich cocoa flavour is delicious!), enjoying the morning peace as I eye my eight year old money-plant creeper to see how they are climbing all over the wall when my eye wanders down to the evenly woven wicker basket planter. It has weathered all the seasons over the last couple of years but holds strong, glowing as the sun rays fall and my thoughts deliberate over it's roots...

 

Wicker Planter in my balcony

DaisyLife wicker planter with big money plant or pothos in the balcony


I remember seeing these from when I was about 6 years old and my father started working with the skilled craftsmen from Kashmir to sell in Pune. They have since been a distinguished range in our products. The demand, beauty and charm has only grown and today, as we look at making a tighter product portfolio to sustain the uncertainty of Covid-19 economy, the wicker baskets confidently demand a strong foothold.

You have not heard of 'Keani Keam', but you have definitely seen the wicker baskets from Kashmir! These wicker baskets are rooted in the heavenly valleys of Kashmir, where locals call this craft - 'Keani Keam’. 

The raw material to manufacture wicker baskets comes from the willow tree, and the best climatic conditions to grow the Willow is Ganderbal District and around, in Kashmir province, India. 

Willow Trees, Kashmir

Wicker basket, Fruit basket, Flower Basket, Pet basket, picnic basket, gift basket, planter

Basket weaving is one of the well established industries here. The origins are not definite, some claim it's from the European countries, and others that it originated in Egypt. Nonetheless what is definite is that it's completely handmade and 100% natural.

Interwoven with the daily lives of the locals, these have travelled since ancient times, served its purpose in all ages, travelled to cities and modern lifestyles and has almost supernatural properties in various forms!

Below a worker brushes the baskets thoroughly to make them shine for a client
Polishing and completing finishing of DaisyLife wicker baskets

 

Haven't we all seen these baskets at multiple places? It's seen in almost every home, a must buy for the new place you rented when you moved out on your own, in the local bakeries, five-star hotels your favourite restaurant, everybody has got a gift basket at least once in their life and it seems to have been around forever! 

There are designs that are being used for decades and beautifully adapted over time & lifestyles.

1. Picnic basket to Pet basket

The picnic basket is now used to carry your pets around comfortably.  They can be carried to parks, pet clinics, cafes in these cozy baskets. Easily breathable, they find it warm and stay in comfortable for longer time. These baskets can carry bulky material in spite of themselves being very lightweight. Earlier they would be a part of everyday chores to transport heavy material in hilly areas of Kashmir.
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 Fifi @fifioscardiary found her own basket
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Pet dog in DaisyLife wicker multipurpose baskets for pet and picnics
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Here is Katniss  @kweenkatnisseverdeen a.k.a Puchki . This is her favourite place!
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Pet cat in DaisyLife wicker multipurpose baskets for pet and picnics

 

 2Long term Storage baskets to Lifestyle storage

There is an interesting relation between water and natural Willow wicker. It has its properties of being water-resistant, and also gets stronger when it comes in contact with water. Hence these could be helpful as a sieve for washing fruits, vegetables or the likes. Washing these willow baskets with water and sun-drying them adds on to their durability, just like a living plant!

 

Below are baskets soaked in water to improve strength and colour

DaisyLife wicker baskets soaked in water for strengthening

Moon basket is one of the oldest designs and still one of the most popular ones. Used now in modern kitchens to store dry vegetables, fruits. Can be easily kept inside the refrigerator as well to keep the vegetable separate, organised & visible.

DaisyLife moon basket with onions

Coffee Table basket- Katniss is usually found lounging in some wicker basket 
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DaisyLife wicker coffee table basket

 

DaisyLife wicker coffee table basket

 

Personal Care Baskets- bathroom accessories in a low height round basket tray 
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DaisyLife wicker personal care multipurpose basket

 

Personal care caddy :  Spa basket with rolled towels, combs, earbuds, massagers

DaisyLife wicker multipurpose basket for face towels

 

Tissue basket at the Ladies washroom, Taj Lands End 

DaisyLife wicker multipurpose basket at Taj ladies room for napkins

3. Display and Food serving baskets in cafes and bakeries

These baskets are heat resistant too. They were traditionally used to carry smoldering coal for locals to warm themselves up during harsh winters in the valleys of Kashmir. In today's times, we can use them to keep warm or hot bakery items and breads. Looks lovely and keeps the warmth intact, without making food items soggy. 
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Roti Naan served in Wicker basket in a restaurant
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Wicker baskets for serving roti, breads

 

Tea time Cakes basket at our office tea party - easy to serve, use and display

DaisyLife wicker multipurpose basket for serving cakes & cookies

 Window display at The Body Shop

Wicker basket at The Body Shop for loofah display

Counter display for water and juices in an Oval Wicker Basket at Starbucks, High-Street Balewadi

Wicker basket for bottles display at Starbucks

 

Bread baskets for window display at Indigo-Deli and Inox, Phoenix

Wicker basket for bakery display at Indigo deli

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4. Fruit basket to Gift basket

What makes these wicker baskets so loved by all? Be it home decorators or hotel interior designers, corporate gifts to personal gifting, flowers to pets… everything feels more special in a basket. We feel special and love getting a basket!

 

Starbucks X'mas gift hamper basket, Nariman Point 

Gift hamper display in wicker basket at Starbucks

 

Flower and gift display basket, online photos

Wicker basket for flowers

 

Daisylife basket packaging

DaisyLife moon basket packaging

 

Is it only about how gorgeous they all look? Is it the even weaving that lends its calm? Is it the strength that holds? Is it the the material, the colour, the texture that adds the warmth? Or is there more to it!?

100% natural, earth and human-friendly, wicker baskets are versatile keeping up with the modern lifestyles and the fact that these are handmade, utility driven and value for money adds higher appeal.

These baskets center around simplicity. No harsh chemicals, no machines. Simply woven with willow wicker, hand skills taught over generations, the little details, time and warmth of nature.. they bring a feeling of calm in our fast paced city lifestyle, serenity of the woods, overall feel good vibes and a little thought - do good, live well!

Decide which basket you want here while you think about why you love them so much :)



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The Roti basket is one of our favorites, because it stores breads and Rotis in their best form! At least that's what the proven wisdom of Aaji (granny) says! 

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