Our Artisan Partners


AAAA COOP― Beautiful Bogolan Totem Cloths 

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For centuries, the artisans of Mali have been mastering the art of Bogolan, a traditional textile-making technique that involves creating a base textile, hand-loomed in strips from locally grown and processed eco-cotton, and then dyeing and printing the cloths using natural materials such as mud, leaves, and bark. The resulting artworks embody techniques and symbolism of West African artistry that the creators believe imbue spiritual meanings to the cloths, which is why they are also commonly known as medicine cloths. kanju proudly partners with Mali-based business AAAA Coop to bring the stunning creations of their artisans to markets abroad.

AAAA Coop is a community-based initiative that brings together Bogolan artisans from different parts of Mali, offering a platform to showcase their skills and support their livelihoods. Through this independent cooperative, these artists have found a way to keep their traditions alive while also creating stunning works of art that transcend cultural boundaries an enable them to share their talents with the world.

Each of the Bogolan Totem Cloths is a masterpiece of intricate patterns, created by skilled hands as a community effort from the weaving of the cloths, through dyeing and painting the individual pieces, to the final design and packaging. The designs are inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Mali, incorporating symbols and motifs that reflect beliefs about the human spirit and our connections to one another.

To learn more about our Bogolan Wall Totems ready our Made in Harmony with Nature kanju journal post.

The African Touch― Luxury African Safari Furniture 

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Their master-craftsmen hand build and finish these creations from the finest African hardwoods, natural leather and solid brass into affordable, beautiful pieces that will uplift your space and last for generations. They have been handcrafting furniture in their Victoria Falls workshop since 1992. Surrounded by some of the finest and hardest of hardwoods, and it was an interesting journey learning how to craft this beautiful natural resource into fine furniture. The extreme density of the timber has meant they have had to evolve tools and methods of work unknown in other joinery shops. The age-old skills of the master cabinet maker are largely lost in the modern world. In Africa, people work with wood from a young age. The well educated people of Zimbabwe therefore make ideal candidates to learn the skills of the master craftsmen. The furniture built reflects the qualities of the materials used and the superb skills of the craftsmen. All senior craftsmen have a share in the business. They are committed to never compromise the high standards and fine quality of their work as well as our design principles and attention to detail. Unique design and a great respect for the raw product is what makes owning one of our furniture pieces so sought after.

Read more about these Wanderlust Wonders: Discover Adventure-Ready Luxury Portable Furniture on the kanju journal.

Learn more about The African Touch in their Brand Video.


Handwoven Floor Coverings by Amelia Jackson

“Many folks have lost the knowledge of how things are made, but we are very proud of our process. When our customers scan the QR codes on our labels, they have a chance to meet the actual person behind the product and see them in action.” ~ Alan Glasser, Co-Founder

Amelia Jackson Industries was established in 1989 by Alan and Val Glasser, nurtured with tenacity and unwavering dedication. The project eventually blossomed into a thriving enterprise that employs dozens of talented weavers in their Cape Town studio. With a presence that extends beyond mere commerce, the allure of the brand finds its embrace within the intersection of high-quality artistry and a desire to create sustainably, with far-reaching, positive economic and environmental impact.

The name 'Amelia Jackson' evokes a profound sense of familial reverence and the history of textile-making. It pays homage to the founders’ grandparents and great grandparents, who were textile workers, and to the vision of reinvigorating a local industry that for decades was lost to overseas production, Guided by the cherished legacy of their forbearer, the company is tireless in seeking ways to incorporate upcycled textiles into their designs, utilizing fabric that otherwise might end up in landfills. Where raw sourced material is used, only locally produced, eco-grown fibers are incorporated.

An ode both tradition and to the future of our communities and planet, their creations stand as testaments to the enduring power of artisanry to transcend time, with designs that incorporate a vibrant mosaic of African craftsmanship and methods that support an important local industry to be revived and to thrive.

Learn more about this artisan partner on the Handmade with Lover Series on the kanju Journal. 


Blankets From Africa

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Blankets from Africa is a female-owned and operated community project, supporting women in rural areas by creating a safe working environment in their community. Their dream is to maintain sustainable employment in Karoo communities and to create a positive change for generations to come. 

Learn more about this artisan partner in our "Handmade with Love" series on The kanju journal.  


Cape Herb Co.― The African Spices Collection

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"We see our gifting spice box sets as a space where art meets food in a way that excites all the senses and inspires both the giver and the recipient" ~ Cape Herb Co.

Embark on a culinary journey with African Spices - The Spirit Collection, where the vibrant and diverse flavors of Africa come to life. Each spice blend in this collection is carefully crafted to capture the essence of traditional African cuisine, infusing your dishes with authentic and unforgettable taste experiences. All of the spices are FREE from artificial flavors and colors, any added MSG or preservatives, and they are non-irradiated, non-GMO, Halaal, Kosher, and suitable for vegan diets.

Each blend is hand-sourced and meticulously crafted by Cape Herb in South Africa. The company has a passion for capturing and sharing the essence of African cuisine and celebrating the continent's rich culinary heritage. Explore the collection and unlock a world of vibrant flavors that will transport you to the heart of Africa, and check our our Food & Drink blogs for recipes and tips utilizing these flavors in your own kitchen.

Learn more about this artisan partner in our Handmade with Love series on The kanju journal. 


Chic Fusion Studio― Elevated Hand-Felted Wool

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Chic Fusion is a design and manufacturing studio that creates hand felted home decor and fashion accessories in 100% wool.  

A passion to work with natural fibres and fabrics led Razaan Jakoet, founder of Chic Fusion, to explore various feltmaking techniques. She experiments with dyes and various fibres and is constantly inspired by the South African landscape and its diverse cultures. Razaan designs all the products in the Chic Fusion range before handing over the felting to women that she trains at the studio in Woodstock, Cape Town.

Learn more about our hand-felted wool pieces in our post on The kanju journal called the 5 Wellness benefits of Wool.


Celebrating Minimalist Beauty with Coco Africa Woodworking

“The scent of the natural wood oils. Seeing the designs form as the wood gains new life. Working in such a beautiful part of the world. The sheer joy of making things.” ~ Cindy Douglas, Founder and Master Woodworker  

Coco Africa is a small enterprise workshop rooted in the rich traditions of woodworking, committed to creating exquisite, handcrafted pieces of functional art. Gifted craftsmen from the local community come together to bring their passion for woodworking to life, ensuring the highest standards of manufacturing, joinery, and finishing, and bringing these exquisite qualities to everyday objects.

An intense focus on design aesthetics ensures that each piece is not only impeccably crafted but also visually captivating, highlighting clean lines and simple styles that celebrate a minimalist look. The studio takes great pride in their commitment to sustainable materials and preserving the natural beauty of the wood. Their dedication to ethical practices and responsible sourcing is reflected in the quality and authenticity of their creations.

From stunning wooden bowls and cutting boards to intricate candle holders and home décor items, Coco Africa's creations bear the mark of exceptional artistry and a deep appreciation for the natural world. Embrace the soulful elegance and timeless allure of these handcrafted treasures, designed to enrich your life and evoke a sense of connection to nature.

Read more about this artisan partner in our post on the kanju journal


Collaborative Craft Projects― Woven Wonders

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At kanju Interiors, we have always believed in the power of collaboration and the transformative impact it can have on communities. With Woven Wonders, we embrace the beauty of collaboration and honor the remarkable craftsmanship of artisans from diverse communities.

Collaborative Craft Projects is a platform that brings together artisans from different corners of the globe, fostering connections and celebrating the unique skills and cultural heritage they possess. Through these collaborations, artisans join hands, sharing knowledge, techniques, and inspirations to create exceptional woven masterpieces.

The heart and soul of Woven Wonders lie in the hands of these talented artisans. They draw upon generations of knowledge, passed down through time, and channel their passion into every thread, every intricate pattern. With an unwavering dedication to their craft, they infuse each creation with a piece of their own stories and the essence of their communities.

Read more about this artisan partner in our post on The kanju journal.


Cotton Tree Pillows― Eco-Art You Can Snuggle With

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This lovely group of artisan women work to create stylish pillows, utilizing unique techniques and handmade from some of the highest-quality cotton we've ever seen. Not to mention all of the fantastic work they do to empower women and support their communities. Their story warmed our hearts and we couldn't help but fall in love with their fantastic designs.

Cotton Tree Pillows creates exclusive hand-made contemporary cushions focusing on texture and original design, guided by environmental kindness and community upliftment.

Learn more about this artisan partner in our series Handmade with Love― Cotton Tree.


Coral & Hive― Made Just-For-You Artisan Rugs

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At kanju Interiors, we believe in supporting artisans and their communities by showcasing their talent and providing a platform for their craft. Our partnership with Coral & Hive represents a shared commitment to empower women artisans in South Africa, while creating beautiful and sustainable home decor products.

Coral & Hive's artisan rugs are handwoven by a group of talented women, led by Mama Nonthlahla and her daughter Zikhona. These rugs are not just beautiful pieces of decor but also a testament to the resilience, creativity, and resourcefulness of the women who make them.

Each Coral & Hive rug is made-to-order, ensuring that every piece is unique and personalized to the customer's specifications. From the choice of colors to the pattern and size, every detail is carefully considered and executed with precision and skill.

Learn more about the Karoo and Karakul Luxury Rug Collection by kanju.


Croise Handmade - Creative Crochet with a Mission

Introducing Croise Homemade–a heartfelt manifestation of passion and creativity, masterfully helmed by visionary Nicki. What began as a personal odyssey to try to find and create meaningful employment during the challenging months of 2020 has flourished into an inspiring venture dedicated to crafting exquisite décor. At the core of Croise Homemade is Nicki's passion for crochet and macrame textile artwork. That passion is joined with an unwavering commitment to nurture a sisterhood of like-minded artisans, fostering empowerment and weaving opportunities for growth through this beloved and age-old skill set.

With years of dedicated practice, the artisans at Croise Homemade have honed their skills to a radiant brilliance, interlocking with fellow craftspeople in a symphony of creativity. This harmonious collaboration ensures that every piece they lovingly conceive carries the stamp of impeccable quality.

With an environmentally conscious touch, Croise diligently seeks out materials that echo the rhythms of nature, embracing recycled materials that will also be lovely and durable for long use. Every creation narrates a tale of depth and texture, while focused on items which have a tangible, functional elegance.

Through their art, Croise Handmade's artisans beckon you to embrace the stories they craft, and invite their creations to transform your living spaces into galleries of soulful expression.


Design Afrika and Binky Newman

Design Afrika was established in 1995 by Binky Newman after 15 years of involvement in various aspects of African craft. She had just left the Okavango Delta, where she had run a wilderness camp for five years, taking with her the intricately woven baskets of the Hambukushu women. These became the first products in the Design Afrika collection of finely made handwork. Binky’s passion for baskets has taken her to many remote parts of the continent to track down weavers and she is now an acknowledged reference in African basketry.

Binky and her team at Design Afrika strive to nurture the creative and entrepreneurial initiative of rural communities by encouraging the production of high quality, on trend products. By promoting well-made, functional and artistic craft, Design Afrika aims to contribute to the acknowledgement of Africa as a source of inspiration and design skills. Design Afrika is passionate about the sustainability of its products and to this end, adheres to ethical and fair trade business practice.

Learn more about this beautiful artisan partner here in a beautiful blog post by the brand "Design Afrika: a 25 Year Journey".


Dor+Kie Objects

Nature Inspired Elegance by Dor+Kie [o]bjects

Inspired by the pure allure of nature-made materials, Dor+Kie [o]bjects creates exquisite home accessories that marry elegance and sophistication with everyday function. Every piece is meticulously crafted with a deep appreciation for the art of handwork and the soulful beauty of natural wood.

From their Cape Town home studio, husband and wife duo Diana and James bring each design to life with their exceptional, complementary skills and attention to detail. Together, they orchestrate a fascinating exploration of conventional materials through the prism of the extraordinary, resulting in objects of unparalleled quality.

The design philosophy of Dor+Kie [o]bjects revolves around simplicity, minimalism, and functionality. From the selection of premium materials to the careful shaping and finishing, every step of the process reflects the brand's dedication to creating objects of enduring value that can be beloved for generations. The clean lines, subtle textures, and balanced proportions embody a sense of tranquility and harmony that integrates seamlessly into any living space.

The artist couple takes great pride in their commitment to sustainability, prioritizing their environmental impact, and ensuring the longevity of their products and a legacy of refined and conscientious living.

Learn more about this artisan partner in the Handmade with Love Series on the kanju Journal.


The EnlightenMe Studio― Papier Art Vases

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At kanju Interiors, we are passionate about creating unique and inspiring pieces that reflect the beauty and diversity of African design. We believe that home décor should not only be aesthetically pleasing but also environmentally conscious and socially responsible.

Our Papier Vase Collection, a result of this collaboration, embodies the seamless fusion of artistic expression and sustainable practices. Crafted by a skilled artist, these vases showcase the beauty of repurposed materials and innovative design.

The Papier Vase Collection reimagines the potential of paper as a medium for creativity. Using recycled paper and other sustainable materials, our artisans meticulously handcraft each vase, infusing it with unique textures, patterns, and colors. The result is a stunning array of vases that serve as functional art pieces, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to any interior.

Learn more about this artisan partner in an article on The kanju journal― Handmade with Love series.


People of The Sun― Magical Malawi

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Step into the enchanting world of People of the Sun's Magical Malawi Collection, where artistry, heritage, and sustainability converge. This collection is a celebration of the vibrant culture and extraordinary craftsmanship found in the heart of Malawi.

People of the Sun is a brand dedicated to preserving traditional craft techniques and empowering local artisans. With deep respect for the cultural heritage of Malawi, they collaborate with skilled craftsmen and women to create exquisite handmade pieces that capture the essence of this remarkable African nation.

Learn more about this artisan partner and some of our more recent products in The kanju journal.


Plantr Company― Growing Green 

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Drawing inspiration from the lush landscapes of Africa, the PLANTR Collection features a diverse range of planters crafted with attention to detail and a commitment to sustainability. The materials used are carefully selected to ensure durability and eco-consciousness, allowing you to create a green oasis that aligns with your values.

The collection offers a variety of sizes, shapes, and textures, allowing you to curate your own botanical sanctuary. From sleek and modern designs to rustic and natural aesthetics, there's a PLANTR for every style and space.

Read more about our partnership with Plantr in The kanju journal


Purely Porcelain

Welcome to the world of Purely Porcelain, a captivating Cape Town-based ceramic studio that embodies the essence of botanical beauty in its exquisite handmade jewelry and home decor pieces.

Founders Fiona and Megan, a dynamic mother and daughter duo, infuse their creations with a profound love for their craft. Every piece of porcelain artistry is meticulously sculpted by their small dream team, radiating the passion and dedication that goes into each creation.

Drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of natural flora and fauna in the Western Cape, as well as the timeless illustrations of Cicely Mary Barker, Purely Porcelain captures the very essence of these botanical wonders. Their collection spans across handmade porcelain jewelry, captivating tableware, and enchanting decor items, all bearing the signature touch of this creative pair.

Fiona, with her extensive background as a potter, ventured into the realm of porcelain jewelry in 2012, bringing a wealth of experience and innovation to the brand. Megan, an accomplished Art Director with a history in advertising, joined forces with her mother to give life to Purely Porcelain. The synergy between their talents has yielded an array of simple yet unique designs that have swiftly gained the affection of both local patrons and visitors from afar.

At Purely Porcelain, evolution is constant as they continually explore novel techniques and design avenues. This dedication to growth ensures that their product range is ever-expanding and evolving, promising something new and exciting with every visit.

Indulge in the allure of Purely Porcelain as they bring botanical wonders to life, celebrating the beauty of nature and artistry in each delicate piece they create.


Unearthed― Sustainable Woodcraft

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At kanju Interiors, we believe that every piece of furniture and decor we bring into our homes should be not only beautiful but also sustainable and ethical. That's why we're proud to introduce our Sustainable Woodcraft collection from the brand Unearthed, a range of exquisite handmade pieces that are as eco-conscious as they are stunning.

Unearthed is a brand that shares our commitment to responsible sourcing and ethical production. Their artisans work with reclaimed and sustainably harvested wood, using traditional techniques to create unique pieces that are imbued with character and soul. Each item is handmade with love, paying homage to the beauty and value of nature.

Our Sustainable Woodcraft collection showcases Unearthed's exceptional craftsmanship and the beauty of their sustainable materials. From rustic benches and coffee tables to sleek dining tables and consoles, each piece is designed to bring warmth, texture, and personality to any space.

Learn more about this artisan partner in our Handmade with Love series on The kanju journal.


Wiid Designs― Award-Winning Sustainable Luxury

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Step into the world of Wiid Design, a beacon of artistry nestled in the heart of South Africa. Inspired by the country's vibrant landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and the unyielding spirit of its people, Wiid Design weaves these elements into their masterfully crafted creations, bringing forth pieces that evoke emotion and ignite the imagination.

Founded by visionary designer Laurie Wiid van Heerden, Wiid Design is a testament to the power of artistic exploration and the boundless possibilities of design. Laurie's journey began with a deep-rooted appreciation for the natural world and a profound belief that beauty lies in embracing the imperfect and the organic.

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Heritage Décor― Tonga Stools 

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Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Heritage Décor's Tonga Stools, where age-old traditions and exquisite craftsmanship come together to create extraordinary pieces of functional art. These hand-carved stools are a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Tonga people, an indigenous community in Africa known for their artistic skills and deep connection to their ancestral roots.

Each Tonga Stool is meticulously crafted by skilled artisans who have inherited the knowledge and techniques passed down through generations. The stools are carved from solid blocks of sustainably sourced wood, using traditional hand tools that have remained unchanged for centuries. The process of carving and shaping the wood requires immense skill, precision, and patience, resulting in a stool that is not only functional but also a work of art.

Learn more about the Tonga Stools― Hand-carved, Age-Old Beauty.


Heritage Décor― Vintage Makenge Baskets

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Step into the world of Heritage Décor's Vintage Makenge Baskets and discover the captivating allure of these centuries-old treasures. These remarkable baskets carry with them a legacy of craftsmanship and cultural heritage that spans generations, making them a truly extraordinary addition to any space.

Meticulously handcrafted by skilled artisans, Vintage Makenge Baskets hail from the heart of Africa, where the traditional art of basket weaving has been passed down through the ages. The baskets are woven using the fibers of the Makenge vine, a natural resource found in the lush forests of Africa. The vine's supple and durable fibers are skillfully transformed into intricate patterns and designs, showcasing the immense talent and mastery of the artisans.

Each Vintage Makenge Basket tells a unique story, reflecting the cultural traditions and heritage of the communities from which they originate. The patterns and motifs woven into these baskets hold symbolic meanings, often representing elements of nature, spirituality, or community life. As you gaze upon these exquisite pieces, you become connected to the rich tapestry of African culture, a living testament to the traditions that have shaped generations.

Learn more about the centuries-old tradition of Old Makenge Baskets.


Garlic Gourd Baskets From Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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Step into the world of kanju Interiors and discover the exquisite artistry of Garlic Gourd Baskets. Each basket tells a story of skillful craftsmanship and cultural heritage, hailing from the vibrant city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. These unique and captivating baskets bring a touch of African elegance and functionality to your home.

The Garlic Gourd Baskets are meticulously handcrafted by talented artisans who have honed their skills through generations. The process begins with the selection of locally grown gourds, carefully harvested for their size, shape, and durability. These natural gourds form the base of the baskets, providing a sturdy foundation for the intricate weaving that follows.

Skilled weavers in Bulawayo employ age-old techniques passed down through their communities, combining traditional methods with their own artistic expressions. With nimble fingers and a deep connection to their craft, they transform the gourds into stunning works of art. Each basket is a testament to their exceptional talent, attention to detail, and unwavering dedication.

Learn more about the sustainable materials used to craft our Garlic Gourd basket collection here.


Heritage Décor: Tuareg Brass, Bronze and Vintage Collectibles

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Step into a world where history, craftsmanship, and artistry converge, paying homage to the storied traditions of Africa's past. Our Heritage Décor collection showcases the rich legacy of the Tuareg people and other African communities, capturing the essence of their cultures through unique and timeless pieces.kanju's Heritage Décor collection encompasses a curated selection of vintage collectibles from various African regions. These artifacts, sourced with great care and respect, span diverse cultures and eras, offering a glimpse into Africa's past and the vibrant tapestry of its artistic traditions.

Each vintage piece carries the weight of history, telling tales of ancient kingdoms, rituals, and everyday life. From intricately carved wooden masks and sculptures to ceremonial pottery and textiles adorned with traditional motifs, these collectibles embody the soul of Africa, celebrating the ingenuity and creativity of its people across generations.

At kanju Interiors, we believe that these heritage pieces are not merely objects of adornment or decoration; they are gateways to a deeper connection with the roots of African culture. They serve as reminders of our shared humanity and the importance of preserving and cherishing the legacies that have shaped us.

Shop our full collection brass, bronze, and vintage accent pieces. 


Heritage Décor― Namji Dolls 

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Step into the world of Heritage Décor's Namji Dolls, where tradition, craftsmanship, and cultural heritage intertwine to create enchanting works of art. These exquisite dolls pay homage to the Namji people of Cameroon, capturing the essence of their vibrant culture and rich artistic traditions.

Heritage Décor is dedicated to preserving and showcasing traditional craft techniques from around the world. With deep respect for the Namji people and their heritage, they collaborate directly with skilled artisans to bring these remarkable dolls to life.

The Namji Dolls are not merely decorative items; they are embodiments of centuries-old cultural traditions. Each doll is meticulously handcrafted using a combination of materials such as wood, beads, cowrie shells, and vibrant textiles. The intricate details and elaborate adornments showcase the artistic skill and attention to detail of the Namji artisans.

Shop our full collection of Namji Dolls.


Wall Baskets― Traditional Craft, Contemporary Trend

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Wall baskets have long been cherished as functional and decorative items in cultures around the world. These woven wonders carry the spirit of the artisans who meticulously craft them, utilizing age-old techniques passed down through generations. Each basket tells a story of cultural heritage, craftsmanship, and the profound connection between humans and nature.

Our Wall Baskets collection celebrates the artistry and versatility of these treasured objects. Through careful curation, we bring together a diverse range of styles, patterns, and materials, offering a contemporary twist on this ancient craft. From intricate patterns to bold geometric designs, each basket is a work of art that adds depth, texture, and character to any space.

At kanju Interiors, we believe that blending tradition with contemporary aesthetics can create truly extraordinary design elements. What makes our Wall Baskets collection truly special is the fusion of traditional techniques and modern design sensibilities. We collaborate with artisans who possess an innate understanding of their craft, allowing them the creative freedom to experiment and push the boundaries of what is possible. The result is a collection that seamlessly marries heritage with innovation, creating pieces that are both timeless and relevant.

Learn how to create your own basket wall on The kanju journal with a Step-by Step Guide.