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Special Offer for Travel + Leisure Readers

We'd like to welcome Travel + Leisure readers to our web site! We've set up this special page so you can receive a 15% discount on the beautiful Samburu beaded bowls and boxes featured in the November 2007 Travel + Leisure issue (page 247 of the magazine).

These traditional crafts are from one of Africa's oldest tribes.

After adding our specially discounted items into your shopping cart, we invite you to surf the rest of our site. You might wish to see Kenyan soapstone carvings and Rwandan woven baskets, for example.

beaded boxes - shown in blue - from Kenya, Africa.

Sets of 3 Nesting Beaded Boxes

These cylinder boxes with lids have so many uses - declutter your desk or dresser, collect change ... and they're ever so decorative. Plus they help struggling Samburu artisans.

They're available as a Large or Small set of 3 nesting boxes.

Set of 3 Large
Kenyan Beaded Boxes

4-6" nesting diameter/height



Set of 3 Small
Kenyan Beaded Boxes

2-4" nesting diameter/height



Ol Malo Designs is a company owned and run by Julia Francombe that provides employment and help for the Samburu people in Kenya, and develops their talents through art. Julia employs more than 100 Samburu women who do the incredible beadwork, a native skill. These Kenyan beaded products are sold locally in the Ol Malo Designs shop, and internationally through distribution partners.

Kenyan women admire the beaded boxes they've crafted of high quality Czech beads. This bead work provides the Samburus with employment and income and encourages them to promote their timeless talents. During the severe drought in 2000, Ol Malo fed over 200 families who had lost all their livestock - and were literally starving -- through the sales of these products. To help address and prevent disasters like this, Julia created the Ol Malo Trust which has grown into a pioneering community charity, building a bustling nursery school, protecting several water sources, organizing mobile health clinics, and supporting the Ol Malo Eye Project to eradicate trachoma in one of the most remote regions of Africa.

Trachoma is an infectious eye that affects more than 80% of adults over the age of 30. It is a preventable disease, the root of which is poverty. Supported by product sales and fundraising efforts such as the Nairobi marathon, Ol Malo has funded more than 200 surgical procedures to return sight and remove pain; established nurse-led community education; begun the provision of clean water and has developed links with and training of Kenyan Ophthalmologists.

Red beaded bowls from Kenya. Beaded bowls shown nesting in sets of 3.

Kenyan Glass Beaded Bowls
These beautiful beaded bowls can be purchased as a set of 3 nesting bowls in two sizes, or just a single bowl. Sizes and designs will vary somewhat.
(For an example of multi-colored bowls, please see black background photo below.)

Set of 3 Large
Kenyan Nesting Beaded Bowls


About 4" - 5" in diameter.


Set of 3 Small
Kenyan Nesting Beaded Bowls




Kenyan Beaded Bowl




Beaded multicolor bowls. The production of these beaded items contributed to the receipt of ‘Overall Joint Winner’, along with ‘Best for Poverty Reduction’ in the highly competitive First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards given to organizations that are making a significant commitment to responsible tourism.

As the event organizer explained, "They value, most highly of all, their interaction with the community through the women and children who come to Ol Malo to produce beadwork and paintings. This a chance for Ol Malo to see if they are achieving their aim for the community: to contribute to the preservation of the Samburu people in such a way that the Samburus are independent, strong and empowered to live their lives in the way that they strongly desire and choose."   Learn More...

Holiday Samburu Table Package!

Bring Ol Malo ambiance into your home with this limited edition Holiday Samburu Table Package!

Holiday Samburu Table Package - beaded elegance for your table.

Each set includes:

  • 2 beaded wind light candle holders

  • 6 placemats

  • 6 napkin rings

All pieces are beautifully wrapped in a banana fiber box.

Samburu holiday napkin ring closeup.

Each piece is hand-beaded with care by the Samburu women of the Sampiripiri Arts workshop, Ol Malo. By creating a beautiful Samburu-style holiday at home, you will bestow a wonderful gift on the Samburu people and provide them with a very Merry Christmas!

Your purchase of a beaded Table Package will provide a Samburu woman with three weeks work and enable her to give her family a fabulous Christmas feast and many of life's necessities. To the left is a close-up of a napkin ring.

We'll give you a Travel + Leisure Special Discount, PLUS Free Ground Shipping!

Normally $695, your price will be $550.

(This offer is limited to the quantities currently in stock. Wholesale clients, please contact us for pricing.)

Decorative Boxes Section Quick Links:

Decorative Boxes
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   Soapstone Boxes
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Retail Shipping/Handling Charge
within the Continental US for most products

We've added expedited shipping (2-day or overnight) options at checkout. NOTE that these options are for continental US orders only - please contact us for personalized service for other delivery locations. Orders for expedited shipping must be received before 2pm EST on weekdays. Please include your phone number!
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1.We usually ship retail orders within 1-3 business days of order placement.
2. We'll ship our products outside the continental US by doing an individualized shipping calculation for you. Please contact us, saying what you'd like to purchase, and where you'd like it shipped.
3. Oversize / heavy items have a separate shipping fee and don't use this shipping table. See a full explanation.
4. A few items have an additional shipping fee listed in the description.
5. Some items do not have an add-to-cart button by them, but they can be purchased - simply contact us for a personally calculated order.


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 Shipping Cost 


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$25.01 - $74.99


$75.01 - 99.99


$100.00 and up

FREE Ground Shipping!
(additional shipping fee on a few
large items still applies)