Meet the Utamaduni Youth Group

“Utamaduni” in Swahili is a term for culture, tradition and folklore. Ali Mohamud and the other men began selling traditional metal crafts to tourists in 2000. When asked to create wildlife related designs the group embraced the concept saying that their main income comes from tourists. However, they lacked the reference material to create realistic wildlife designs. Ali frequently says, “cheetahs are my favorite!”

The men within the group have perfected the art of twisting, embossing and designing jewelry and other trinkets using a combination of traditional and modern designs. The sufria bracelets are made from recycled cooking pots. The traditional “Isiolo” bracelets are melted recycled brass, copper and steel wires, pipes and other household items and building materials.

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