Kazuri's hand-painted ceramic jewellery is made in Kenya. Every bead which makes up a necklace or bracelet is shaped by hand by one of the 300 local women employed by Kazuri. The beads are then kiln fired once, glazed and fired again before being strung. Founded by the late Lady Susan Wood, Kazuri is still located where she first started creating employment for struggling single mothers back in 1975. The workshop is in Karen, named after Karen Blixen of "Out of Africa" fame, on part of the farm once owned by her. Karen, a beautiful area, just a few miles outside Nairobi, lies under the Ngong Hills between Kenya's bustling capital and the spectacular Rift Valley.
As every piece of jewellery is handmade, every one is unique. Many Kazuri styles are named after tribes, areas and other features of the Kenyan landscape; evocative names that resonate with the oganic nature of the clay that comes from its earth. So a Kazuri piece is more than an item of jewellery, it's a piece of Kenya.
Kazuri, which means "small and beautiful" in Swahili and is Fair Trade.