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Maasai Belts. Authentic. Colourful. Kenyan.

 

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Manyatta belts are available in several designs

Manyatta belts are also available in eight standard lengths

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The Household Division

Perhaps Manyatta’s most significant belt to date. Arguably the greatest honour for us is to recognise, and create for, the British Army. The Household Division comprises 7 regiments – the Blues and Royals, Life Guards, Coldstream Guards, Grenadier Guards, the Welsh, Scots and Irish Guards.......

Daisy Trust Fair at the Hurlingham Club – 2nd October

The first of several fairs Manyatta will be at. It’s a prestigious event attracting Christmas savvy west Londoners who appreciate the opportunity to shop for presents under one (very beautiful!) roof. We shall be selling our traditional Maasai beaded belts as well as bespoke, commissioned......

Queen’s Club

It’s always fun and an honour to visit The Queen’s Club, the premier tennis club in the UK. This beaded belt was designed by a member of the board and is now available to buy or order in the club shop. Please remember you are......

The Hurlingham Club welcomes Manyatta

Manyatta was delighted to welcome a Kenyan friend, Charlie, to the Hurlingham Club in Fulham to model our traditional and club Maasai beaded belts. My thanks to Charlie, a fantastic and very patient model!...

Byron and Clyde looking fine!

In response to demand, Manyatta is now selling dog collars. They are all based on the traditional Maasai patterns we sell as belts, although there are one or two stylish differences in some. Prices range from £30 – £40 Please note that as these are......

Old Etonian Racquets and Tennis Club Weekend

A happy weekend of tennis and racquets and a successful one for Manyatta. There were 2 happy winners of OERTC Manyatta belts in the raffle and another 19 belts sold. These belts are available to buy on this website as well as others in club......

Club belts

Just to let all Manyatta customers know: club belts are proving very popular. If you would like a Queen’s Club belt, do email me on info@manyatta.co or write a comment in the box. Also, we have the famous ‘scarlet and gold’ in stock, with many......

LAMU

Lamu is paradise! It is an archipelago of islands with Lamu Town as its principal settlement and situated on the north-east coast of Kenya. The town is the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Kenya, founded in 1370 and is one of the key areas of......

Heritage

 

The Maasai inhabit the African Great Lakes region and are pastoralists who are famous for their fearsome reputations as warriors and cattle-rustlers. The Maasai have been creating beaded jewellery, well before their first contact with Europeans and has been an important part of Maasai culture. Every Maasai woman learns the jewellery making craft and traditionally Maasai women set aside time every day to meet and work on beaded jewellery which includes colourful necklaces, belts, bracelets, and pendants.

 

The colours used in the beadwork are selected for their beauty and are also symbolic having important meanings understood by the tribe. The main colours used in Maasai beadwork are; Red – stands for bravery and unity, Yellow or Orange – symbolises hospitality, White – represents peace, purity, and health, Blue – represents energy and the sky, Green – symbolises health and land, Black – represents the people and the struggles they must endure.

 

Today, beading serves as a major source of income for the Maasai people who struggle to maintain their way of life in a constantly changing Africa. By purchasing this product, you are directly helping to support the Maasai women, their families and helping them to maintain their culture.

 

These belts are made in Kenya and sourced from four different groups of Maasai ladies. Each group supports over 20 women and hundreds of children. The leather comes from Kenyan cows and produced in a tannery in Thika. The beads are sewn on by Maasai mamas in the Ngong Hills and Amboseli National Park. The buckles are fashioned in Kibera, a massively deprived area of Nairobi.

 

Manyatta supports Tusk Trust and every sale will result in a donation to Tusk.

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