ABOUT CRAFTING KENYA

To know Crafting Kenya is to appreciate the vastness of Africa's creativity, and to find hints of the creative future of a continent in forward motion. It is also to know of a new generation of young Africans changing the way the world views Africa. Belonging to this generation, Wanja Laiboni realized that there was a gap that needed to be filled when she encountered difficulty finding a comprehensive resource on Kenya's crafts. Thus began the transition from a personal need, to a quest to document the wealth of Kenya’s traditional and contemporary crafts via photography, the goal being to not only create a visual crafts resource, but also to spotlight and celebrate the wealth of Kenya's crafts and talent of its artisans. Come September 2014, Wanja teamed up with French photographer Anthony Bourasseau and a team of volunteers, and together they embarked on the journey that brought the idea to life.

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“African societies contain cultural riches that are bubbling up to embrace the opportunities offered by new technologies and commercial markets [...]. Yet, the African [cultural goods] market is poorly structured and cultural goods are largely provided through the informal economy.”
— World Creative, Global Map of Creative and Cultural Industries
 

 

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

The success of Crafting Kenya is a reflection of the effort and support of a community of people, from Nairobi to New York, from Lamu to Lima.

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TECHNIQUES & MATERIALS

At the heart of Kenya’s crafts industry is a defiant resourcefulness that also drives the sector’s dynamism and creativity...

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