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Handicrafts from Kenya: Adega Creations

Exploring the rich culture of Kenya and buying beautiful home decorations at the same time: This is what visitors can do at the Adega Creations stand, where the offer ranges from authentic African bags and baskets to Christmas ornaments and quality African home decorations made of soapstone and wood carvings. Those looking for a special gift for themselves or loved ones can also look for African jewelry and traditional African clothing. They design and produce every single product themselves.

Colourful figures and bowls with patterns lie on a table.

© Adega Creations

The company from Kenya cooperates with talented artists and artisans from all over the country. Together they produce African handicraft items in best quality that are now sold not only in the local market but also in other parts of Africa, Europe and Japan. The company takes its social responsibility very seriously and is morally committed to guaranteeing a fair market value (FMV) to the artists it works with.

The story of Adega Creations began in the early 1980s to provide a school education for the siblings of the Ogembo family after the death of their father. The idea for the family business came from Margaret Ogembo, one of the sisters, who later introduced other siblings to the art of fabric dyeing. This developed into a garment business that employed numerous tailors. To meet the demand in Nairobi and other cities in Kenya, the Ogembo sisters took training in fashion design. In Nairobi, they became known as African powerhouse designers of both African prints, batik patterns and embroidery designs.

Over the years, the family moved their activities from their home to a store in the city. They recognized the need for cooperation with other artists and craftsmen in various fields such as soapstone carving, wood carving, jewelry making. This cooperation created market opportunities and promoted the livelihood of the artists involved.

Carved figures in light and dark colours against a white background.

© Adega Creations

Masks with zebra, leopard and giraffe patterns.

© Adega Creations

Wooden animal figures, an antelope, a giraffe and a crocodile.

© Adega Creations

As part of its social responsibility, Adega Creations pursues the goal of fighting poverty through education. For this reason, they sponsor numerous students education and vocational training, especially orphans in the village where the sisters grew up. "It is our pride to see lives of young ones change through education and artists able to support their families through our collaboration," emphasizes Margaret Ogembo of Adega Creations.

Adega Creations

Halle 11.2 | Stand 311

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