Njoki of Mandevu Beard Care

BY FLORENCE BETT-KINYATTI “What does a beard say about a man, Njoki?” “A beard gives a man character. It’s their style. It’s like their, I don’t know, their makeup. A man says something with his beard. That either I’m

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Mercy of Blue Anchor Creative

BY FLORENCE BETT-KINYATTI “How has your mechanical engineering degree shaped your art? No no, before you answer that, what was your favourite class in school? “Did I really have one?” Mercy offers me a demure smile. “It was a roller coaster until the end. Maybe I can say I liked

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Benta of BagWorld Leather

BY FLORENCE BETT-KINYATTI “Why did you choose to make bags, Benta?” “I’d wanted to continue with doing shoes but lack of good quality soles led me to making bags, that was the easier option for me. Cause everything was available in Kenya – the leather, these fittings, the accessories of

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Charity of Knotty Things

BY FLORENCE BETT-KINYATTI “It was about 2014 when I started crocheting again,” says Charity. “Mum was unwell and I wanted to make her something to make her happy. Just… something. She’s the one who taught me how to crotchet when I was

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Joseph of Manje Leather

BY FLORENCE BETT-KINYATTI Help me out here, will you? I want to describe how Manje’s store of preserved hides and skins smells like but I can’t quite finds the right words. [After several days of several failed attempts…] OK, here’s a morbid – and

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Florah of Trio Crafts & Rugs

BY FLORENCE BETT-KINYATTI In the six years “Tell me, Florah, in the six years of running your business here at Trio Crafts, was there ever a time you considered closing shop and walking away?” “Yes,” says Florah, exasperating, “and not just once but several times.

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