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Manyatta belts are available in several designs

Manyatta belts are also available in eight standard lengths

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I was pleased to be the guest of the Guards Polo Club for the Inter-Regimental Final between the Foot Guards and the Queens Royal Hussars – a close game in which the Foot Guards ultimately triumphed. The Manyatta Guards Maasai beaded belt drew many admiring......

Berkshire Golf Club Maasai beaded belts are now available to order in the club shop. Whether you are a member or not, they make the perfect birthday or Christmas present. ...

Sales of these belts have gone extremely well. Available exclusively through the Hurlingham sports office. Designed by Hurlingham, stocked by Hurlingham, successfully sold by Hurlingham!...

An iconic venue for showing off the Guards belt – The Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park. Manyatta is delighted to have teamed up with the club to exhibit the belt....

                      Manyatta was delighted to attend the Kenya Society annual lunch at the royal Overseas League, St. James, LONDON. A Manyatta belt was a prize in the raffle and many wonderful people met, exchanged pleasantries,......

The Queen’s Club belt – with thanks to the gentleman with the surname famous in the tennis world who ordered them!...

Manyatta is honoured to have been commissioned for a gift by the Kenya Society to the Minister for Africa, Harriet Baldwin. It is a belt designed on the Kenyan flag and will be presented at the Kenya Society’s annual lunch at the Royal Overseas League......

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 groups of Maasai ladies. 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, whilst the buckles are fashioned in the Ngong Hills.

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

About our Beaders
Kitindi
Kitindi

Kitindi is a Maasai mama who has not disclosed the area of her birth but now lives in the Ngong Hills just outside Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

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Gladys

Gladys is a Maasai mama with 5 children who hails from the Kajiado region of Kenya, a dry and stunningly beautiful area close to the Tanzanian border, around halfway between Nairobi and Arusha. A true Maasai homeland.

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Eunice
Eunice

Eunice is a Maasai mama with 5 children who hails from the Kajiado region of Kenya, a dry and stunningly beautiful area close to the Tanzanian border, around halfway between Nairobi and Arusha.

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Everlyn
Everlyn

Everlyn is a Maasai mama who hails from the Kajiado region of Kenya, a dry and stunningly beautiful area close to the Tanzanian border.

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Maria
Maria

Maria is a Maasai mama who has not disclosed the area of her birth but now lives in the Ngong Hills just outside Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

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