Dog Collars, Leads & Belts
About the Products
Look at the handiwork of the real artisan. See the beauty amidst the utility. Ponder on a creation that remains timeless. Know that hand-craft traditions, begun so long ago, can still adorn our world today.
These hand-beaded dog collars and leads are made with love in Kenya. Each item is beautifully crafted by specially trained artisans using glass beads. The items are hand-stitched to make them exceptionally strong and long lasting.
Every bead is sewn on to free-range Kenyan cow hide, which is a naturally robust leather. They are then finished on the inside with a softer goat leather lining.
The sturdy solid brass fastenings are hand-cast using recycled brass padlocks and water taps. This form of recycling not only benefits the environment, but creates employment as well.
The Dog Collars come in regular and skinny widths, as well as two lurcher styles that are padded on the inside and fastened with either a buckle or a loop.
Every Dog Collar comes with either a beaded ‘disc’ or ‘bone’ charm, depending upon the design, and are available in a variety of sizes and designs: Mombasa Red, Kilifi Blue, Rafiki Black, Bajuni, and Union Jack. Matching and contrasting Dog Leads and Belts are also available.
About the Supplier
Malulu’s supplier of high quality collars and leads is Zinj Design. The word ‘Zinj’ derives from the name given by the 5th Century BC Greek historian, Herodotus, to describe the ancient Swahili coast, from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique.
Zinj Design has now trained over 80 artisans from Takaungu and the surrounding area. This unusual little workshop, in a tiny village overlooking the Indian Ocean, is dedicated to promoting East African bead and leather-work internationally, and improving the lives of East African craftspeople at home.
Before joining the team at Zinj Design, many of the villagers were either unemployed or working only very sporadically in poorly paid agricultural jobs. The benefits of the sustainable employment of so many people are far reaching within the local community.
Women have benefitted in particular, as there is virtually no employment for them in the area. Poverty means very few women ever go to school, yet many have to raise a large family alone. Women have been encouraged to attend training sessions and take on what is traditionally a man’s craft.
Zinj Design not only provides employment, but also advice and support. It is their policy that each worker has their wages paid into the worker’s bank account, rather than as cash. For many, this is the first time they have ever had a bank account. This system helps them to better manage their money and encourages them to save for the future.
The steady income these workers are now earning means that they can settle down with their families and send their children to school.
These successes are reflected in Zinj Design’s motto: Changing Lives One Bead at a Time!