How We Price Our Baskets

We price our baskets in part by determining the length of time it takes to make each individual basket shape and size. We also factor the complexity of weave needed for the piece, and how many weavers are able to produce the piece. Weavers are able to produce “normal skill level” baskets more quickly as the design may be simple and more known to the group. “High skill level” baskets may be unique designs known to only a few of the weavers or the deign may be proprietary to one specific weaver. The basket may also be complex and take more time to produce. Once these factors have been determined, we calculate the length of time it takes to harvest leaves and collect other materials to create the basket, the time needed to weave the basket, and the time required to embellish it.

Doum palm leaves come from forests all around our home in Ngurunit. Depending on the season and environmental situation, the forest where we harvest leaves for your order may come from places up to a two day walk away from our group site. We live in a semi arid area prone to drought and finding suitable materials during droughts can be difficult, time consuming, and therefore more expensive. We will advise you of any challenges at the time you place an order.

Leaves may be collected and brought home to Ngurunit by the weavers themselves, or they may be brought via donkey and cart. Beads come from various shops about a day away while the unique elephant dung paper we use to make our bottom label comes from a small village many miles away. The metal adornments are produced by local metal smiths using recycled aluminum cooking pots.

We use a very handy online tool called the Fair Wage Calculator (www.fairwageguide.com) to help us determine our costs and guide us as we set our basket prices. We then add a small mark up to that price. After inputting all this information into guide, we are then able to generate cost reports, if you like, to show how we price our baskets. In Kenya, the minimum daily wage (8 work hours) is 265 shillings or about $3.20. We use this as a goal to achieve when we price our baskets. We understand that it is nearly impossible to recoup all our expenses, so this guide assists us when we attempt to price. How can we convey to you, our valued customers that the women have to also fight off lions as they are walking two days to collect raw materials from forests? How does one cost that?? Just know our ladies are tough and mean business when it comes to weaving!

If one does any basket research, one will find that some baskets from countries around the world are priced lower than our baskets. Our traditional weave is very intricate, very detailed, and very labor intensive. Other international basket makers may use quicker weaving methods that are less time intense and less complicated in their structure. Our baskets are very unique, quite durable, extremely beautiful, culturally significant, and true works of art you will find no where else in the world. That is why you buy a Nomadic Basket.

We take our retail pricing and then subtract a specific percentage to offer wholesale pricing. This percentage is not very high, but we deduct what we can so that we can still cover our expenses and fairly, as possible, compensate our weavers for their very hard work. We will try our best to win your business, but we have certain constraints that prohibit us from reducing our prices too much. “High Skill” level baskets can not be reduced in price due to the complexity of production, the amount of hours needed to make the piece, and/or other associated costs. If, however, you have absolutely fallen in love with a basket or baskets, but are not so fond of the price offered, please make contact with us and we will see what we can do. We would like you to have the opportunity to resell our baskets, and bring attention to our group and our product range. Let us see how we can work together to make this happen!