This one-of-a-kind fair trade handmade bracelet was masterfully crafted by independent artisans in Machakos, Kenya. Offered in three different designs (as pictured above), each bead is hand etched with different unique designs. Made from the highest quality bone and beads available - we guarantee you'll love the look of this beautiful bracelet! A portion of all proceeds go to bring much needed income to workers living in one of the most economically depressed areas in the world - Machakos, Kenya.
- Bone and bead stretch bracelet in traditional Kenyan designs
- Bone beads are dyed a dark brown and etched with subtle designs
- Concave bone beads are accented with black glass beads strung on 2 elastic cords
- Outside circumference is approximately 8 inches
- Each bracelet is sold individually
All workers producing our Fair Trade bracelets are paid a fair and reasonable wage for their products.About the artisan:
This beautiful handmade bracelet was made possible by the wonderful people at Jedando Modern Handicrafts. Working with more than 100 individual carvers in Machakos, Kenya, Jedando Modern Handicrafts markets products primarily made of wood and bone worldwide. Carving is a tradition in Kenya with the children learning the craft from their parents. Carved by hand using only rudimentary hand tools, olive wood bowls, salad serving sets, and animal-shaped napkin rings take shape from pieces of olive wood, mahogany, and mpingo, or “African Ebony.” An integral part of the organization’s function is to educate the craftspeople on the need for reforestation to enable the products to be available for years to come and offer a sustainable income for generations.
While wood carving provides the major income for many in the Machakos area, other craftspeople earn a living by further enhancing the products including painting the napkin rings and carving discarded animal bone for the handles of salad serving sets. Often the bone is “batiked” by placing wax on the white bone and dipping the bone a dark brown/black dye, resulting in patterns African mud cloth designs.