Around East Africa, I've met many young people who make their living by creating for the souvenir industry, out of them, I occasionally meet artists. Baraka is just that, an artist in his soul.
baraka's art - Detail from a hand made bag by Baraka.
Mama Africa- detail from a hand made bag by Baraka.

I met Baraka in the Kilimanjaro village where I lived for two years. I mean, of course he was here before, as he was born in the village, and he is Chagga. The slopes of the Kilimanjaro are the home of his tribe.

Baraka F. Kinyaiya

Baraka is an artist. He studied at the famous College of Arts in Bagamoyo on the shore of the Indian Ocean in Tanzania. He also learned a great deal out of personal experience ever since his teen years, and from fellow artists he met along the way.

100% hand made bag- Beads details and string weaving- Baraka Art.

Baraka creates rare bead works in their complexity and detail. He’s a painter and a sculptor. His work is inspired by his tribal heritage and Tanzania’s in general. He is currently working on building the traditional hut of his tribe, the Chagga tribe, a hut that all but disappeared from the landscape of modern African life.

Beads weave bracelet- all original designs by Baraka
Baraka made this beautiful beaded bracelet especially for me. You won't find anything like it in the commercial markets of East Africa.
Baraka designed this beautiful beaded bracelet as a special order for me. You won't find anything like it in the tourist markets of East Africa.

Baraka draws and paints beautifully.
On the right: Mama Kilimanjaro and life around her. klick to enlarge.

Bead making workshops

Ove day I asked Baraka to teach me the Maasai beading technique.
Here’s my first bracelet:

My first try in Maassai beading

After that Baraka started giving bead workshops for the guests of the guesthouse. Everybody loved him!
When in Tanzania, come visit and you can meet him too.

Learning how to bead- East Africa style- with Baraka

The Kweme earrings project

When I one day discovered the beautiful shells of the local kweme nuts and made earrings out of them, I knew Baraka would love the idea.

Indeed, he immediately started making earrings that surpassed mine in beauty and in creativity.

Read about the unique Kweme nuts and about my Kweme earrings project.

Baraka is offering his Kweme earrings and more of his art for sale locally, and hopefully soon it will also be possible to order from anywhere else in the world!
For now I’m offering them for sale in my home country Israel.

Baraka's gorgeous Kweme earrings
Baraka's gorgeous Kweme earrings
Baraka F. Kinyaiya in front of one of his commissioned art works
Baraka in front of one of his commissioned art works


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My life in a nutshell – B.A. in anthropology, a life changing one year journey in East Africa at 26, followed by Shamanic initiation, tribal wisdom & femininity studies, then, giving in-depth workshops for women and girls, tribal storytelling to children… And at 50, coming back to my Mama Africa to bring you more inspiration on our original way of life.

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