Kazuri – ceramic jewellery from Kenya

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Kazuri’ – which means ‘small & beautiful’ in Swahili – is Fair Trade handmade and hand-painted ceramic jewellery from Kenya.

Each individual bead is shaped from clay by hand. It is then kiln fired, hand glazed and re-fired before being strung to make a necklace or bracelet. So, every piece is unique.

The initiative was founded by Lady Susan Wood (1919–2006) in 1975 to create employment for struggling single mothers,

Kazuri now employs 350 local women in Karen – a beautiful residential area near Nairobi. The workshop is still located on part of the coffee estate once owned by Karen Blixen of Out of Africa fame. It is located at the foot of the Ngong Hills between the capital and the spectacular Rift Valley.

Many Kazuri styles are named after areas, tribes and other features of the landscape; evocative names that resonate with the organic nature of the clay that comes from its earth. So a Kazuri piece is more than an item of jewellery, it is a piece of Kenya.