Kenyan Batik Jewellery - Bone Tubes Bracelet, Giraffe Print, Wide
Features & Benefits
Unique Kenyan Batik Jewellery. This Fair Trade bracelet features delicately crafted bone tube beads with a striking giraffe print, combined with dark brown etched bone dividers.
• Made from waste cow bone. A sanding machine is used to shape the bone.
• The patterns are created by hand with hot wax - a technique known as Batik.
• TIny black Maasai beads are threaded between each section, enhancing the detail of the item. The colours used in the beadwork are selected for their beauty and are also symbolic and have important meanings understood by the tribe. Black represents the people and the struggles they must endure.
• The bracelet is elasticated, so is easy-on, easy-off and will comfortably fit most wrists.
This Fair Trade bone bracelet has been hand crafted with pride by skilled artisans in Kenya - bringing you a distinctive product inspired by natural materials and displaying the vibrancy of African culture.
Dimensions - width 6 cm approximately.
Did you know?
Batik is a traditional method where a design is applied using hot wax, then the object is dyed and the dried wax is removed to reveal a distinctive and unique silhouette of the wax seal.
Meet the Artisans
Excel Concepts specialises in waste cow bone bead making.
It was started in 2005 by 4 young street boys who were trained on project start-up programmes. They have recently moved into a new premises in Kibera slum, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya.
The aim of the project now is for it to become self sustainable.
They are now designing jewellery, manufacturing the actual beads and assembling the pieces, such as our beautiful Batik bone bracelet.
This project involves bringing change to the cow bone jewellery industry in Kibera slum, Nairobi. This craft industry has been around since the late 70’s and employs over 500 people in Nairobi. These workers are almost always underpaid and work with dangerous machinery and in dirty and unsafe workshops. Most of these workshops are based in the slums, including the workshop this project helped to start.
The work is highly skilled, yet the workers of this industry are often exploited, with middle men taking advantage of the fact many buyers are too scared to visit workshops in the slum.
The idea of this project is to set up and run an example workshop making Kenyan jewellery so that others locally can see the benefits of adhering to Fair Trade principles.