FROM MARSABIT TO MOMBASA

Once on the ground, the Crafting Kenya team had one mission: to cover as much terrain as possible. And so they did. 

 
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The Crafting Kenya journey map. This colorful journey of thousands of miles began in Nairobi and was traveled by cars, buses, planes, and boats.
 

The month-long trip started in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, taking the team across the cultural melting pot that is Kenya, from areas as distinct as the historic Kenyan coast, to remote villages in Northern Kenya, to the soapstone quarries of Western Kenya.  As the journey progressed, so did the richness of the encounters, so much so that there was no way of talking about crafts without celebrating the artisans behind one of Kenya’s most dynamic sectors. Not surprisingly, it was only during the travels that the project theme took shape: people, processes, and products. 

 
Wanja and Anthony, Crafting Kenya's photographer, enroute to enchanting Lamu Island. Lamu Island is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its majestic hand-carved doors.
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Basking in the warmth and generosity of Jennifer and Paul Kabeere. The Kabeere's were among the families that hosted the Crafting Kenya team during their travels across Kenya.

Together we did so much! While Anthony took photos, Wanja collected information on crafts techniques and materials. Meanwhile, the team in Nairobi and Milan was hard at work coordinating events, travel and other logistics. 

Tons of soapstone are extracted from the quarries located on the hilly farmlands of Western Kenya. Stone carvers, like the artisan pictured above, then adeptly transform them into creations ranging from human-size sculptures to children’s toys.
A roadside showcase of clay pots for sale, just a stone's throw away from the shores of Lake Victoria.