Ashepa is a showcase of artisan made contemporary design: inspired, authentic, beautiful.
We believe in Africa. In its rich heritage. In the ingenuity of its people and their ability to support their communities. We believe in the power of design, the quality of handcraft artisans and their ability to enrich our lives.
We are committed to bringing you beautifully made home goods, jewellery and accessories that have been ethically made up to the highest quality.
Ashepa is a platform to empower and connect the world to the best of up and coming African design and artisan talent.
Each item starts with a design vision. Having been exposed to African art our entire lives, we are always on the look out for something different and exciting.
Each purchase that is made provides these artisans with a source of income, through which they can educate their families that will in return encourage small family business in the same trade.
Ashepa was born from a passion for sharing unique and beautiful things. The word means happiness and that is exactly what we are hoping to spread with this collection. Happiness for our incredible artisans, designers and makers. Happiness for you and your family.
Our Mission: To create happiness for the artisans and happiness for the buyer.
Kazuri, which means small and beautiful in Swahili, is hand-painted ceramic jewellery made in Kenya.
Every bead which makes up a necklace or bracelet is shaped by hand by one of the 300 local women employed by Kazuri.
In an age of mass-produced goods, Kazuri jewellery stands out as a little bit different. As every piece of jewellery is handmade, every one is unique. Indeed, many pieces take on the quirks and trademarks of the individual people who shape the beads, paint them or string them, giving them soul as well as beauty.
The women employed by Kazuri receive a salary 3 times more than the average national wage in Kenya. In recognition of its social commitments to Fairtrade it has earned itself the label for IFTA (International Fair Trade Association).
Maasai cultural heritage is rich in traditional beadwork that has been practiced for years. An inherited skill that has been passed on for generations to produce colourful and vibrant pieces from jewellery to homeware.
This tribe has influenced many designers around the world. Each colour and piece made has a meaning.
We support a community based organization that empowers young women to become potential and responsible industrious women of the world.
All Ashepa bags are made by these aspiring young women.
The Center is a 'Learn and Earn' Centre where each girl is able to learn a skill that gives her an income generating skill which will take her family out of the vicious cycle of poverty.