A Snapshot of the Ongoing Crafts Tradefair at The Sarit Center

I am just from the Crafts trade fair that has been running from 26th till Sunday, 30th and my! I am broke already.

After years of going to Maasai Market and other hidden places where artifacts and curios are sold, I have learned to look out for rare finds which I know I will not see on every lady during that wedding or one of those evenings where African themes come in handy. The sarit Crafts expo has not disappointed me at all. I dashed there with a colleague during my lunch break yesteday and today and I could just not get enough time to visit all the stands.

Among the exhibitors who are there are a team from Nigeria(but I found their attires a tad too pricey – they are along the range of Ksh.6,000 and above), Kazuri beads company are also there, Woodley weavers, Ethiopian Weavers and Inside the Baobab just to name a few. Many of the other exhibitors are Women groups and groups formed by those living with HIV/AIDS who make curios as a way of generating some income.
The Dorcus Beads  stand has Beads produced from recycled paper by women living with HIV/AIDS across Kenya and Uganda. The money is used to care for their own children and others orphaned y AIDS.
I bought a bunch of them as she had alot of variety at a very afforable rate(from Ksh. 200/- for necklaces)

My next stop was the Shanga Shanga Crafts whose proprietor, Doris N. Muli is the designer of all the items, she  is based in Malindi.

She had an array of exquisite bags made of canvas, bead work others made out of the Ugandan Bark Clothe and others made of sisal with a range of designs. She also has a wide range of Khanga tops of different colours and sizes.

Inside the Baobab had some customised/africanised cd holders, Folders, toilet paper hanges(see photos here) and picture albums. They are located at Yaya Center 2nd Flr.

As I mentioned earlier, I just did not have enough time to visit all the stands but I can promise you that if you are looking for something uniquely African, you will most likely get it the trade fair.

I hope I’ll get time to go there again before it closes.

See more photos here.

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