Kenyan beadwork at Aina Moja

Aug 10, 2012
Work by Kenyan bead artisan Winnie Mbithe is available at Belfast’s downtown Aina Moja.

Belfast — Work by Winnie Mbithe, a beadwork artist from Nakuru, Kenya, is featured at Aina Moja, 39 Main St.

Mbithe was born and raised in the rural town of Machakos. As a Kamba woman, she learned many skills and was brought by her employer to Nakuru for a job. The job ended and she found herself a single mother in the urban center. Her daughter is now 11 years old; as the sole supporter of her daughter, Mbithe needed to find work and decided to specialize in beadwork. She creates earrings, belts, bracelets, necklaces and hairpieces, and she purchases other handcrafts to sell at her small booth in Nakuru.

To see Mbithe’s work and to learn about Expanding Opportunities, a nonprofit and fair trade organization and its many projects, stop in at the shop and talk with Sheryl Tripp. Aina Moja hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., open to 8 p.m. during Friday gallery walks.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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