Kenya is a good place to buy carvings and textiles in particular, the former usually made specifically for the tourist market. Beadwork and traditional utensils made from gourds are also popular, but Kenya’s most important artisanal traditions are ironwork and metal jewelry and basket ware, both of which go back centuries in some communities. What you take home will depend, to some extent, on what you can carry. It is easy, when bargaining on the beach or at the roadside, to get carried away: some wooden and soapstone carvings are heavy as well as fragile and can be hard to carry back home. But you can buy them in bigger shops and large cooperatives which will ship the items for you or just place your order online and shall be delivered to you.
Some of Craft work include:-

Kenya is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of wooden carving from ubiquitous animals of doubtful appearance to finely chiseled bowls and plates, carvings are created here in the millions, mostly by Kamba carvers who use wood.  The other very popular carving material is soapstone or steatite used mostly by Kisii community who are found in the western side of Kenya.Shanga is  a Swahili word that is used to refer for necklaces and they are the most preferred.

The kamba are also the biggest basket maker in Kenya. They use the sisal. Here in Kenya basket are known as Kiondoo (singular) or viondoo (plural). They are made in different sizes and pattern. They are all light and functional and they are becoming a fashion in the western countries which are expensive to buy as compared to buying direct in Kenya.

Making beadworks was a pastime activity mostly in the pastoral communities in Kenya. Till today, the best bead works come from community like Maasai, Turkana and Samburus. However, they are now commercially available at every tourist hotspot in Kenya.


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