In Swahili Kazuri means something small and beautiful, and indeed it is! Kazuri Beads is handmade jewellery made in Kenya, city called Karen (after Karen Blixen), which is only around 15 minutes drive away from the centrum of Nairobi.
These beads take quite long journey until they become a necklace, earrings or bracelet. First they are being shaped, then fired and glazed, and fired again. All work is done by more than 300 local women employed at Kazuri. Kazuri gives employment to women and single mothers, who are in struggle. They are receiving salary, which is three times higher than the national average wage and full medical cover for them and their relatives. I don’t know about you, but for me it sounds like an appropriate place where to spend my money!
At Kazuri you will receive a full tour throughout the factory for free and will be introduced to each and every step of the whole process. It is allowed to take pictures during the tour, because Kazuri believes that it is important that people share and spread Kazuri’s brand name across the world. And that’s exactly what I am doing here now!
Each and every piece is handmade and therefore every single bead is unique.
At Kazuri it is possible to design your own bracelet, earrings or necklace as they have loads of beads in different colours and shapes in their storage room!
However, their shop next to the factory is offering great range of jewellery products in more than affordable prices and you will get so confused, because you will literally want to buy everything! Super beautiful!
Kazuri is also producing and offering you to buy pottery products!
It is possible to purchase Kazuri jewellery in several countries across the world – UK, USA, Australia and European countries.
I didn’t buy just jewellery, I bought a piece of Kenya!