Kazuri means “small treasure” in Swahili. It is the name of a bead factory outside of Nairobi where workers receive a fair wage, day care services, access to a medical clinic and health insurance coverage. Kazuri beads are made from clay from the Mt. Kenya area, and are shaped, fired, painted and glazed by hand. Formed as a center to help needy women without income, Kazuri became a factory in the 1980s to train women to produce unique and beautiful clay beads, some with precious metal glaze.

For pieces that feature kazuri, click here.