We are 'unbranded' because we are focused on creating jewelry by everyday people, for everyday people."
Marta Anna Krajnik
Kipato Unbranded was founded by Marta Anna Krajnik, she created a social enterprise that collaborates with local artists, promoting their talents and skills and giving them access to markets. Kipato Unbranded is about beautifully crafted unique designs. Our pieces are made from local materials that include brass, recycled bone, and beads.
TEAM: founder + 3 main artisans.
LOCATION: Nairobi, Kibera, Dagoretti, and Rongai, Kenya.
MATERIALS: Brass, recycled bone, and beads.
TECHNIQUE: hammering the brass sheets, cutting them into thin shapes, and rolling them out on a cylindrical piece of wood.
IMPACT: A fair social income for creativity and skills of the artisans they collaborate with. "Kipato" means income in Kiswahili, representing the brand's intention and drive.
Kipato Unbranded made their motive to impulse and give proper regard to Kenyan jewelers by transferring them adequate retribution for their work and creativity.
WE WORK WITH
Three main artisans design and create Kipato's pieces. Elijah moved to Nairobi seeking to help out his siblings through his creations; Ojiko draws inspiration from his dreams and elements that spark his eye in Indian and Nigerian movies, and Andrew is the owner of his own workshop, he teaches 13 artisans to master jewelry-making skills such as grinding, polishing, artwork, sizing, and molding.