CRAFT TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS
At the heart of Kenya’s crafts industry is a defiant resourcefulness that also drives the sector’s dynamism and creativity. Contemporary Kenyan crafts reflect ongoing experimentation and crossovers between traditional and modern techniques, which hint at possible future creative directions. For instance, a basket woven using a traditional weaving technique will carry a metallic buckle created from scrap metal retrieved from scrapyards. This also points to how Kenya’s craftspeople are bridging gaps in material availability through ingenious recycling and repurposing. Here one sees the industry’s link to the environment, also because other materials used in the industry, such as wood and plant fibers, are derived from nature.