In Kenya, over 40,000 years ago, beads were made from few materials, most of which were wood, with different stones making up the main materials. With cultural advancements and ideologies, African craftsmen improved and developed their jewelry making techniques and today these products are some of the most beautiful handcrafted jewelry in the world.
There are many types of African jewelry such as pendants, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, etc.
Vendors begin making bracelets around the age of 10. This becomes their vocation and a pivotal source of income for them and their family. Most vendors set up shop as early as six in the morning hoping to make a profit by days end. With tourists being their main customers, they make most sales in airports, on beaches, and on busy roads.
This is where Africana comes in as a medium. We bring their family an income and you, an authentic bracelet with a real story.