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Ceramic jewellery, Kenya

Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili. The Kazuri project began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting on making ceramic beads made by hand. The factory is located in what used to be part of the Karen Blixen Estate (of the Academy Award winning film ‘Out of Africa’).

In the beginning, there were only two Kenyan women, but soon after discovering major need in employment for single mothers in the near by villages around Nairobi. Kazuri became greatly driven by desire to provide a regular employment for them and made it their mission to grow and have a large work force skilled in the making of handmade jewellery.

Further application of their knowledge in ceramics and the artistic flair has made their necklaces so attractive, in the design and production of their own unique range of pottery-ware, which reflects the culture and wildlife of Kenya. Each bead and piece of jewellery is hand made and hand painted in rich colours and their range is extensive.

Currently, over 300 local women are working at Kazuri workshop, which brings a great change to the local region, empowering women through providing employment.

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