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THE BLACKSMITH FROM NAIROBI

Blacksmithing is more than just his livelihood, it’s his defining passion.

MEET SYLVESTER

Sylvester grew up hearing stories of his father's work as a blacksmith and being fascinated by the idea of working with metal. At a young age, he decided to learn the trade and carry on his father’s legacy. Now, Sylvester is a father of five children and his work is truly anchored in tradition.

Blacksmithing is more than just Sylvester's livelihood; it’s his defining passion.

Working from a small workshop in the heart of Nairobi, Sylvester hopes to one day open a centre to teach blacksmithing to underprivileged youth. As he tells us,“If I can teach other kids, they will be empowered to use jewelry to create a life for themselves”.

100% UPCYCLED BRASS

Our debut collection of brass jewelry and home objects are made from 100% upcycled brass—discarded taps, padlocks, and old coins that would have otherwise ended up in the junkyard. Sustainability is always our priority at Obakki, and we love the concept of taking something forgotten or discarded and transforming it into something beautiful and new.
SHOP COLLECTION

The PROCESS

Working with experienced hands and simple tools, embellishments are made with smooth stones and natural pigment to create these beautiful and useful pieces. Small batches ensure that the integrity and sustainability of the entire process is respected.

ARTISAN MADE

Handcrafted in partnership with world-class artisans—real people making products that bring meaning to your home. 

SMALL BATCH

While protecting traditional methods, each item is handcrafted in limited quantities to ensure its sustainability and uniqueness.

TRANSPARENCY

We follow our supply chain from concept to completion in order to protect our environment + artisan partners.

SUSTAINABILITY

By travelling to each region and using only local materials, we establish sustainable relationships with our artisans.

OUR JOURNAL

Our journal is a space for connection, exploration, and community. We've curated a collection of stories from our artisans partners—their process, their culture, their craft, as well as ways to help you live a more intentional life.