Ziya Kenya

Ziya Kenya is a Nairobi based organisation working with artisan communities from around the country. Kenya has more than 40 ethnic tribes, each with different trades and skills that have been passed down from previous generations. Many of the artisans skills today are self-taught by talented and enterprising individuals who share their knowledge as their businesses grow. All the pieces produced by Ziya incorporate the many talents of these diverse communities and include glass blowing, beading, horn and wood carving, and brass work. 

The Ziya horn workers are from the traditionally creative Luo and Kamba tribe and work from Ngong, a town south west of Nairobi. Kibera, one of Nairobi’s largest informal settlements, is home to a talented community of brass workers and wood carvers. The Kamba tribe in Yatta and Kitui specialise in sisal basketry, a fine art which is complemented by the Masai beaders found in Kiserian on the edge of the Rift Valley.  

Through Ziya, these men and women are able to apply their trades to produce beautiful home ware, creating work opportunities and sustainable incomes exceeding the average minimum wage in areas where education and employment prospects are limited.

 

Beaded Olive Wood Bowl Quick shop
Beaded Olive Wood Bowl
Beaded Olive Wood Bowl
Beaded Olive Wood Bowl

Beaded Olive Wood Bowl

$151.00

Handcarved using olive wood and finished with traditional Masai beadwork, this bowl can be both decorative and functional.  

  • Size: 4 in X 8 in
  • MADE TO ORDER - approximately 2-3 weeks to make, plus delivery

*Does not ship to Australia

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Beaded Sisel Basket Quick shop
Beaded Sisel Basket
Beaded Sisel Basket
Beaded Sisel Basket

Beaded Sisel Basket

$133.00

Handcrafted by  the Kamba and Masai communities using traditional techniques, these sisel baskets trays make for great storage or for decorative purposes.  The beading is done by a small group of women who work from their homes which allows them to earn an income while continuing to take care of their family. 

  • Size: 6 in X 5.5 in
  • MADE TO ORDER - approximately 2-3 weeks to make, plus delivery

*Does not ship to Australia

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Beaded Sisel Basket Trays Quick shop
Beaded Sisel Basket Trays
Beaded Sisel Basket Trays
Beaded Sisel Basket Trays

Beaded Sisel Basket Trays

$128.00

Handcrafted by  the Kamba and Masai communities using traditional techniques, these sisel baskets trays make for great storage or for decorative purposes.  The beading is done by a small group of women who work from their homes which allows them to earn an income while continuing to take care of their family. 

  • Sold as a set of 2 
  • Small Size: 2 in X 6 in 
  • Large Size: 3 in X 8 in
  • MADE TO ORDERapproximately 2-3 weeks to make, plus delivery

*Does not ship to Australia

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Horn and Brass Vases Quick shop

Horn and Brass Vases

from $142.00

Horn and Brass Vases
Horn and Brass Vases
Horn and Brass Vases
Horn and Brass Vases
Horn and Brass Vases
Horn and Brass Vases

Horn and Brass Vases

$142.00

Handcrafted by the Luo and Kamba tribe, these vases are made from upcycled cow horn contrasted with brass using traditional techniques. 

  • Available in 4 sizes
  • Care Instructions: Ziya Kenya recommeds polishing the brass with brasso, making sure not to pass the cloth over the horn and avoid the horn getting wet. 
  • MADE TO ORDERapproximately 2-3 weeks to make, plus delivery
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