We went back to Lake Naivasha this weekend with my parents, who are visiting from the US. While we were there, we went to visit the local artisans at Fired Earth and Elementaita Weavers.
Fired Earth is a small pottery workshop, owned by the portly Obadiah. He was trained at Bakuli Blue (which you’ll know of if you’ve been to the Nairobi Christmas fairs), and now he offers his own style of clay pottery, with signature nature themes. We already had a gorgeous Fired Earth covered pot that I use to make oven baked beans and this weekend I added a beautiful teal serving bowl to my collection! Obadiah will also take custom orders, which he can even deliver to you in Nairobi when they’re done.
On the same plot, we found Elementaita Weavers, a local weaving cooperative that makes lovely handwoven fabrics. They dye their own wool, spin it, and weave it on traditional looms in their workshop. Watching these guys work is fascinating, and I’m amazed at what can be done with such simple looking tools and machines.
The babywearer in me is excited to buy several meters of this beautiful turquoise handwoven kikoy to make a non-stretchy wrap with! I’ve been using a stretchy Moby wrap from time to time to wear Heidi, who thus far prefers to sleep while held. I’m getting used to how to do different carries and ties, and I’m really excited to try out a handwoven wrap! If I get familiar enough with wrapping, I might even try wearing Heidi in a back carry!
Of course we stayed at my favorite Lake Naivasha spot, Dea’s Gardens (which I’ve written about here and here), and my mom LOVED it. Jesse, Claire, Heidi and I stayed in a huge family room in the main house, and my mom and stepfather enjoyed a quiet little rondavel-style cabin by the pool. We all ate way too much of Dea’s delicious homemade food, and enjoyed the birds and peaceful setting.
My mom and stepfather are heading back to the US this week, and I’m already dreading their departure. 🙁 To make matters worse, Jesse will also be heading out on his first work trip since Heidi was born! Wish me luck, wrangling two kids on my own for the first time!