Market in Nairobi

On our last day in Nairobi, we went to the Maasai Market in a park area of downtown.  It was certainly an interesting experience. When we got out of the van, a group of men tried to get us to allow them to show us around the market and bargain for us.  The entrance to the market was fairly narrow, so we were pretty much entering single file.  Danny noticed that the men had inserted themselves one between each of us.  It took awhile to shake them, but shake them we did. 

The market was intimidating at first.  Sellers would call to us as we walked by.  I wanted to get a sense of what was availabl for purchase, and tried to walk around the market, but it was difficult to do that without being continuously called to.  Some of the more persistent sellers would try to take your arm and lead you to their goods.  Everything was spread out on blankets on the ground.  A few had things hanging up on the fences around the park area. I think we were some of the earlier customers, because I noticed the longer we were in the market, the more I was able to look around without being disturbed.  More and more people came into the market throughout the morning.

So here are photos that show a sampling of what I purchased at the market.

Woven bag

Woven bag

Carved ebony giraffe, rhino and impala

Carved ebony giraffe, rhino and impala

Carved ebony candleholders

Carved ebony candleholders

Rolled paper bead necklace

Rolled paper bead necklace

Bead necklace and bracelet set

Bead necklace and bracelet set

Beaded sandals

Beaded sandals

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I wear many hats -- mother and grandmother, paralegal, knitter, bass player in a praise and worship band, gardener, cook, avid reader, good friend, good listener -- just to name a few. View all posts by ksknitter

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