Though Kenya is the safari capital of the world and the business hub of East Africa, the majority of its 40 million-plus inhabitants are subsistence farmers and pastoralists. Nairobi and Mombasa have fibre-optic cables: the talk of the town is the stock market or tea auction. But most Kenyans live in the countryside of savannah and bush, almost half on less than a dollar a day.

Home to the earliest known hominids – ancestors of homo sapiens from up to two million years ago – Kenya remains one of Africa’s great crossroads, linking the Nile, Sahara and Niger-Congo basins to the great trading routes of the Indian Ocean. After more than one millennium, merchants are still circumnavigating the Indian Ocean on lateen-sailed dhows, bringing spices, silks and porcelain from Madagascar, the Persian Gulf, India and China to island sultanates such as Mombasa, Lamu and Tanzania’s Zanzibar, where coconuts, ivory and mangrove poles were traditional exports from Kenya. An emperor in Ming China even received a giraffe.

Ceded to Britain at the 1885 Berlin Conference, Kenya celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence in 2013. It has a thriving economy held back by corruption and great inequality, making it vital that artisans receive decent money for their products. Kenya is renowned for its domestic crafts, with delicate baskets and ornate beaded stools still featuring in everyday life.


Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya, Kenya. Photo courtesy of Miles Bredin.

 

 

 

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Black & Grey Colour Block Basket - Large
Black & Grey Colour Block Basket - Large $150.00
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Black Colour Block Basket - Large
Black Colour Block Basket - Large $150.00
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Black Colour Block Basket - Medium
Black Colour Block Basket - Medium $85.00
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Black Sisal Bag - Kenya
Black Sisal Bag - Kenya Sold Out - $165.00
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African black striped basket
Black Striped Basket - Large $150.00
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Black Striped Runner - Kenya
Black Striped Runner - Kenya Sold Out - $205.00
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Blue & Purple Striped Basket - Large
Blue & Purple Striped Basket - Large $150.00
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Blue Colour Block Basket
Blue Colour Block Basket from $85.00
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Blue Sisal Bag - Kenya
Blue Sisal Bag - Kenya $165.00
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Blue Striped Runner - Kenya
Blue Striped Runner - Kenya $205.00
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Chainmail Earrings - Kenya
Chainmail Earrings - Kenya Sold Out - $55.00
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Emerald Basket with Peach Stripes - Kenya
Emerald Basket with Peach Stripes - Kenya $85.00
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Green Colour Block Basket - Large
Green Colour Block Basket - Large $150.00
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Green Colour Block Basket - Medium
Green Colour Block Basket - Medium $85.00
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Grey Colour Block Basket - Large
Grey Colour Block Basket - Large $150.00
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Grey Colour Block Basket - Medium
Grey Colour Block Basket - Medium $85.00
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Grey Striped Basket - Large
Grey Striped Basket - Large Sold Out - $150.00
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Kimeta Hoop Earrings - Kenya
Kimeta Hoop Earrings - Kenya $75.00
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Large Blue & Grey Colour Block Basket - Kenya
Large Blue & Grey Colour Block Basket - Kenya $150.00
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Light Blue Striped Basket - Medium
Light Blue Striped Basket - Medium $85.00
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Navy Colour Block Basket
Navy Colour Block Basket from $85.00
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Pink Colour Block Basket - Large
Pink Colour Block Basket - Large $150.00
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Pink Colour Block Basket - Medium
Pink Colour Block Basket - Medium $85.00
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Purple and Pink Striped Satchel - Medium
Purple and Pink Striped Satchel - Medium $85.00
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Royal Blue Striped Basket - Medium
Royal Blue Striped Basket - Medium $85.00
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Solid black basket - Medium
Solid black basket - Medium $85.00
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Solid black basket - Small
Solid black basket - Small $55.00
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Solid blue basket - Medium
Solid blue basket - Medium $85.00
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Solid blue basket - Small
Solid blue basket - Small $55.00
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Solid grey basket - Medium
Solid grey basket - Medium $85.00
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Solid grey basket - Small
Solid grey basket - Small $55.00
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Spear Bead Necklace - Kenya
Spear Bead Necklace - Kenya $79.00
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Yellow Pink African Basket
Yellow & Pink Striped Basket - Large $150.00
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Yellow Colour Block Basket - Large
Yellow Colour Block Basket - Large $150.00
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Yellow Colour Block Basket - Medium
Yellow Colour Block Basket - Medium $85.00
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Yellow Striped Runner - Kenya
Yellow Striped Runner - Kenya $205.00
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Zawadi Triple Charm Necklace - Kenya
Zawadi Triple Charm Necklace - Kenya $55.00
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