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 committed to changing the narrative around 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 traditional and contemporary craftsmanship. Thus began the transition from a personal need, to a quest to document Kenya’s rich crafts heritage via photography, the goal being to not only create a public visual resource, but also to spotlight and celebrate the wealth of Kenya’s craftsmanship. Come September 2014, Wanja teamed up with French photographer Anthony Bourasseau and an enthusiastic team of volunteers, and together they embarked on the journey that brought Crafting Kenya 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

From Nairobi to New York. From Lamu to Lima. Such was the geographical breadth of the community of people that made Crafting Kenya possible.

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TECHNIQUES & MATERIALS

Defiant resourcefulness is at the heart of the creativity and dynamism of Kenya's craft sector.

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