From the daily Maasai markets held in the major malls and other public spaces, to the various curio shops dotting the city, Nairobi is nirvana for anyone who loves African collectibles, be it art, fabric, jewellery, pottery, house decor and associated accessories. Then again Kenya is rich in beautiful artefacts from the khanga, Maasai shuka, beads, wood, soapstone, sisal, papyrus, and above all gifted artisans who are able take these items and turn them into gorgeous adornments. Check out these shops that sell amazing items for you, your home, to be given out as a gift or a souvenir for your time in Kenya.
Located in Purdy Arms on Marula Lane in Karen, Shuka Duka stocks everything from Kitenge dresses and Maasai belts to Khanga bags, dolls, books by Kenya authors, throws and blankets, pillows, fridge magnets, engraved glasses and so much more. If you enjoy doing bead work, then take a seat at the Beads of a Feather station where you can try your hand at creating the various designs available in the shop – a fun activity kids will enjoy doing. www.shukaduka.co.ke| email@example.com |+254 722 739 449
Kazuri Beads needs no introduction. The brand has shops in the Junction, Village Market and Westgate Malls in Nairobi. Started in 1975 by Lady Susan Wood to assist disadvantaged mothers in a local village, today the enterprise has grown to employ hundreds of women making colourful ceramic jewellery that is shipped all over the world. The shop on Mbagathi Ridge in Karen, is located on the same grounds as the factory. The staff are happy to take you on a factory visit where you will be taken through the entire process of creating the jewellery, from when the white clay (taken from Nyeri, central Kenya) is processed to the point where the ladies hand paint it, it is dried and stringed as a finished product. www.kazuri.com | firstname.lastname@example.org | +254 (20) 2328905/6 / +254 720 953298
If you love wildlife art, then you will relish your time at Matbronze. From palm sized spiders to life sized crocodiles, Matbronze creates spectacular wildlife and wildlife themed bronze sculptures from their foundry in Kifaru Lane in Karen. The display is astonishing with shockingly real sculptures insects, birds and mammals. They also stock wildlife themed picture frames, key holders, cuff links and other items. What’s more, you can also have a bronze sculpture done for you! For instance, you can have your baby’s foot or palm engraved and then have it bronze cast! Definitely something amazing to remember their childhood by! www.matbronze.com |email@example.com | +254 721 762855
Utamaduni on Bogani East Road has been around for a eons! This two story house-turned-store stocks just about everything in African arts, crafts and antiques. If you’re planning a visit, clear your morning or afternoon because seeing everything is going to take a long time! Each room in the house stocks a particular category of items for easier browsing – there is a room for kiddie stuff, toiletries, clothes, house decor etc . www.utamadunishops.com | firstname.lastname@example.org |+254 722 205 028
Loved this cheetah painting!