Keepsakes Gallery

Maria Dolores Sanchez

My keepsakes come from my region of Colombia, where the farmers always travel by mule with their coffee. The bag is made from the leaves of the Cabuya or Fique plant, which grows in the Andean regions and is used to carry coffee beans. Read more

Asha Mohamed

My aunt sent me this Somalian shash as a gift. I was meant to wear it when I got married but for me it’s my connection to Somalia, as I’ve grown up and lived here all my life. Only married women in Somalia wear these headscarves, but I used to wear it when I was… Read more

Anna Sobolevska

Anna looks upwards smiling towards the sky, holding her Ukrainian mug.

Anna’s Keepsake carries connections with a person and a place… This mug comes from Ukraine and it was given to me by my daughter. It reminds me of my country which I had to leave to find work and a home in England. Read more

Sunil Doshi

Pupil in uniform holds wooden giraffe in corridor of school.

Sunil’s giraffe connects him with Kenya. My family originate from Kenya and every year I go and visit them. This giraffe was handmade there and I brought it back and keep it in my bedroom at home because it reminds me of where I come from and it also brings good luck. Read more