The Maasai of East Africa, especially the young men or morans (warriors), often wear as part of their day-to-day clothing the brightly coloured patterned blankets called shukas. Shukas served both a decorative and a protective function for the Masai. For tourists they have become emblematic of an East African safari and are often collected as souvenirs. Unfortunately, in some cases the shukas have been mass produced outside East Africa.
Shuka Duka Designs in Nairobi set out to address this problem. They sourced shuka material that is woven in Kenya. Working with their weavers, they have created a range of bold and beautiful colours and patterns. They engage skilled artisans to sew and assemble a number of unique, high quality products to exacting standards. In so doing they have expanded the market for the shukas and shuka material and have created sustainable and well paid employment for dozens of people.
Fleece blankets Warm fleece on one side with bright colourful Maasai shuka material on the other. Many colours and patterns. Great for in the cottage or on the deck on those cool evenings! Contact us for what is available. Approximately ?cm by ?cm. $65 each
Picnic blankets. Sturdy and water resistant canvas on one side with a colourful shuka on the other. Equipped with straps to tie them up, they work well in the back of the car for dogs as well as great picnic blankets and table coverings. Wide range of colours and patterns. Contact us for what we have currently available. Approximately ?cm by ?cm. $60 each
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