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Utamaduni Craft Centre

Neighbourhood: Nairobi Central Business District
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Address: Bogani East Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
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beautiful unique items for decent prices

this is set in an old mansion. All varieties of art and crafts, fabrics and jewelry, all arranged beautifully I bought a lot of fabric. My only turn off - they had scarves made... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
KMCBlood
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is set in an old mansion. All varieties of art and crafts, fabrics and jewelry, all arranged beautifully I bought a lot of fabric. My only turn off - they had scarves made in china. but everything else was african made. A must stop if you are looking for authentic arts and crafts and jewelry

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utamadunicrafts, Owner at Utamaduni Craft Centre, responded to this review

Many thanks for your visit to Utamaduni and for your positive review. Thank you for also pointing out that you found some scarves made in China. All our suppliers are African or from Africa and we definitely want to be promoting only African produce. It appears these products have slipped through the net. Thaks for pointing it out. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was fun wandering through this craft centre, which, I'm guessing, was once a very large two-story house, but now is filled in every possible room, nook, cranny and hallway with hand-carved wooden sculptures, bowls, trays, serving utensils, paintings, books, clothing, coffee, tea, candy, and much more - all available for purchase and all beautifully representing many African cultures. After... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

There is this place just off Langata Rd, frequented by few and yet holding much. I was looking for African crafts that go beyond the local bazaars spreadout in the city and accidentally fell into Utamaduni. Thirsty and hungry, I wasn't expecting it. As I drove in I had purpose, but soon as I smelled the food I was derailed.... More 

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utamadunicrafts, Owner at Utamaduni Craft Centre, responded to this review

Lovely to hear of your happy culinary experience followed by shopping therapy at Utamaduni. Thank you for writing your experience for us to hear about it. Looking forward to seeing you back here for the second course soon. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

I came to visit yesterday at around 3;36p m and we were denied entry by the askaris at the gate. Surely why do they underestimate Kenyans, they behaved like fools who wanted to be bribed & I feel they really need to be trained on customer care. They claimed that being that their boss was in even made it impossible... More 

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utamadunicrafts, Owner at Utamaduni Craft Centre, responded to this review

We are Very sorry that you were not happy with our security arrangements at Utamaduni. Unfortunately the ways of the world have changed and we are not unique in having strict security measures before entering a business. In Kenya it is common to find this in all Malls, Hotels, Banks and more. We totally appreciate that it can be invasive... More 

Kaneohe, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This house has many rooms by different vendors of quality crafts and goods. It is on the higher end price wise but no haggling and quality items. There's no pressure to buy and there' a huge variety of items. Again, it is more xpensive than other places but if you don't like bartering, shop here.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Our tour guide took us there for lunch then a bit of shopping after a failed visit to Lovebirds curio shop which attempted to charge us 3 times the market price for rather ordinary mass produced low quality craft items. The sales assistants were helpful courteous but totally hapless in offering any discount. It came across to me that they... More 

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155anthony, General Manager at Utamaduni Craft Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review of our products. We do indeed do plenty of screening before the artifacts hit our shelves. Regarding the lack of discount you mention, as owner and Managing Director of Utamaduni Craft Centre, I take exception to the inference that politicians, landlords etc. get a cut of the sales. This is totally not the case.... More 

Thika
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

The shops here are definitely filled with a variety of items. When time is short, you can probably get through your shopping list, but at a cost. The outside cafe has some covered seating in the event of rain, and some lovely shaded spots. A very pleasant setting, good food and reasonably priced.

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1 Thank Masharubu B
155anthony, General Manager at Utamaduni Craft Centre, responded to this review

We are sorry to note your unhappiness with the security measures at Utamaduni. We do hope you will understand, with the way the world is today, it has become necessary to have strict security measures and this has become a permanent feature here in Kenya. We are not exceptional in this respect and you will find this in most hotels,... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

There are multiple shops at this location offering everything from key chains to large wood carvings. It is well worth a trip .

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Durham, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

This center seems much smaller than it is at first glance. There are so many little shops, and with absolutely anything you could want! Soapstone, wood carvings, masks, bronze, beads, textiles...you name it! I wish I had more time to browse!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Loved this place! Love that it benefits local women. Great shopping. Found really lovely kids clothes & women's dresses too. Great selection of beaded jewelry. I could have spent hours looking through here. A MUST on your shopping places to visit.

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