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Muuku is Swahili for mahogany or in Dutch ‘zilvereik’ and it is found near Mount Kenya. Every tree that is cut down gets a number and a new tree is planted instead.
Olive wood is the African olive tree which bears no fruit. The products from the Kinta collection come from the area around Makindu in the eastern province, where the cooperation itself has put up a tree nursery.
The Jacaranda tree is a fast growing tree in Kenya, which gives a semi-hard kind of wood with a regular grain.
In the Kinta collection you can also find characteristic spoons and salad servers made of bone. In Africa cow and goat bones are an important basic material for the making of several products. The specific batik pattern is obtained by printing patterns by means of candle wax on the bone and then putting it in a dye bath.
Men from the Kamba tribe are the wood cutters of Kenya. They are organised in a loose form of corporation. They share their workspace, but they are their own boss. They are paid on the basis of piece rates, which gives them a decent wage.