The Maasai Market is renowned for its variety of traditional wares. Cultural artisans who throng the weekly open-air market specialize in production and sale of traditional artifacts or curios, popular among tourists and fashion conscious Kenyans.

One can also purchase traditional handicrafts, unique curios whose motifs or designs are inherent to the country's communal and cultural diversity.

An estimated over 100 small-scale traders, designers, wood, stone carvers and artisans display wares in an open air space.

The informal market's venue alternates on various days of the week in Nairobi's upscale outskirts like Yaya Centre, Uchumi Hyper off Lang'ata road, Capital Centre along Mombasa road and the Village Market. On weekends, traders display wares within the High Court's parking space in the city's CBD.

David Khakasa Marakalu is one of the several hundreds, handcraft artisans who design Kenyan-made artifacts at the 'fair trade' market.

The Maasai Market, he notes, is listed in the globally renowned and famous open air curio markets. Hundreds of the tourists who purchase products pass by on recommendations from friends' previous visits to the market.

Marakalu aka 'King David' quit formal employment and opted to pursue self-reliance. His small-scale Ka-Family Crafts cultural enterprise - deals in making handmade crafts, wristbands, brass rings, crochet sewn woollen caps, creating, screen-printed artistic motifs on dyed fabrics and T-shirts.

Being a creative artist, he experiments with various ideas and raw materials. At his workshop, King David uses natural beads, dried seeds, carved pieces of bones or molded clay to improvise unique designs.

Owing to level of competitiveness in this business, the artisans have to regularly come up with innovations to sustain and measure up to clientele expectations.

A few years ago, he was instrumental in establishing the Maasai Market Empowerment Trust in an effort to lobby for disfranchised artisans, wood carvers, stone sculptors and artifact designers rights.

He describes the Trust as a non-profit making organization with an objective to uplift the living standards of workers within the Curio-Crafts industry.

"We registered the group as a public charitable trust, led by a board of trustees drawn from the industry and from other strategic movements with similar ideals," explains King David.

Bead work on display at the Maasai Market