BeadWORKS Kenya x Crossbow Leather

Trip to meet Samburu beaders

Trip to meet Samburu beaders

!!Jambo!!  My second day on Lewa, we headed to the field to meet the Samburu women from the Sera and Kalama community conservancies, 2 of the 9 communities that do the bead work.  The drive was about two hours on a small two lane road that is the only road that goes north from here.  This was my first trip out of the Conservancy, so my eyes were glued out the window as we drove by the small towns, markets, herders and livestock, and children walking to school.  We met the women under a large Acacia tree several Kilometers from the...

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Arrival to Kenya

Arrival to Kenya

Greetings from the BeadWORKS office on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya! After a full 2 days of travel to the other side of the world, I landed on a small dirt airstrip in the middle of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.  The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is located in northern Kenya near Isiolo.  Within seconds of getting in the car, I understood the beauty and biodiversity of this land.  I am staying in an over-flow guest house on the Conservancy for the next two weeks as I work with the BeadWORKS team to introduce leather goods to their line.   The 15...

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BeadWORKS Kenya

BeadWORKS Kenya

Something BIG has been in the works, and now it's time to share!  Crossbow Leather has partnered with BeadWORKS, an ethical enterprise supporting women, wildlife, and conservation in northern Kenya. This organization empowers women and diversifies family income by creating a market for their traditional beadwork. Every BeadWORKS item is handmade by one of over 1000 women artisans in their communities, not in factories. ... In an effort to expand their product line into beaded leatherwork, I will be traveling to Kenya on February 17th for two weeks to visit the artisans and teach a series of intensive workshops. I am...

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