The Wamunyu are famous all over the world for their unique carving talents. History has it that they learnt carving from the Makonde a tribe of gifted carvers from Tanzania,in during the First World War .Mutisya Munge a soldier for the British colonial army learnt the art of wood carving from the Makonde. On his return to Wamunyu in Ukambani,Mutisya continued to carve and invent new designs .He shared his knowledge with his family and some friends who took to carving as work .He later died in 1927,and being a polygamist he left behind five wives and seven sons.Twenty years later carving started being sold in other countries of Eastern Africa and extended to Central Africa and eventually to all over the world.
WAMUNYU HANDCRAFT SOCIETY.
Wamunyu handcraft society was formed in the year 1965 with the main aim of marketing Kenya's image abroad through curios that depict the country's environment. This objective was to be achieved through the sale of these items to foreigners,especially tourists who visit the Country’s National Parks and Historical Sites.The 2060 – member strong Wamunyu handcraft society boasts of the most talent wood carvers,jewelery and other related works in East and Central Africa.
Several of the society's artifacts such as the three legged stools are found in prestigious institutions like,the British museum and the Nairobi national museum.The articles are curved by imaginative members of the society whose artistic skills have won great admiration from those who have had the oppportunity to buy the society's products.
Management line up.
- Francis K. Mutiso - Chairman
- Bernard Mwanzia - Vice chairman
- Japheth Munyao - Secretary
- John Ndutu - Treasurer
- Mutinda Maluvu - Committee member
- Muema Mutunga - Committee member
- Virginia Ndunge - Committee member
- Joseph Mutuku - Manager
The society offers the most competitive prices for its quality products. The excellent workmanship ensures that the buyer gets quality articles worth his /her money. Our prices can confidently be described as the cheapest factory price in Kenya.
Buyers are highly encouraged to purchase items directly from the society show room or order direct to avoid exploitation by some greedy middlemen. The curious are artistically displayed at the show room to enable buyers select items of their choice with ease.
Wamunyu handcraft society is located on hectare plot in Wamunyu trading centre on Nairobi Machakos Kitui road about 117km from Nairobi about 1.5hr drive from Nairobi.
Visit Wamunyu handcraft society showroom for gifts which will tell others that you visited Africa.