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Manyatta belts are available in several designs

Manyatta belts are also available in eight standard lengths

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Wow! These are the Maasai belts for our latest order in Nairobi awaiting delivery to the UK next week. Lamu, Samburu, Turkana and Tsavo in our traditional styles; for club commissions we have: Norwich City FC, Queen’s Club, Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, Ludgrove School,......

Can you spot the Norwich City belt in the midst of all our new commissions? Football is sport number 7 Manyatta has been commissioned for and a Maasai beaded belt is perfect for the sport. Would you like to create a belt in your team’s......

Manyatta is delighted to be contacted by Eton Ramblers cricket club to produce a Maasai beaded belt. The sample has been designed and then will be delivered to the UK, to one of the Ramblers most famous cricketing members!  ...

Plenty of Chelsea Arts Club Maasai beaded belts have been ordered and are currently being beaded in Kenya. Many will be worn by the CAC cricket team – I like to think they will look extremely smart! Thanks to Geoffrey Matthews at the club for......

I had a wonderful meet-up in Dorset with Sir Lachlan Campbell Bt, a successful illustrator, OE and creator of this book which I have used and will use further. I primarily went for advice on all things Eton but we ended up chatting for hours......

Manyatta is delighted to announce our first foray into the world of horse racing. This Maasai beaded belt was commissioned by the owner of Agetur UK, a civil engineering company. It is in the green and gold of his corporate colours, chosen to represent the......

Any readers attend Malvern College? This Kenyan beaded belt is a sample and I’m very pleased with the way it has come out. So, for all you Old Malvernians out there, this is the perfect birthday or Christmas present!...

You see, in the last batch of Maasai beaded belts delivered by the wonderful Jo Carroll from Kenya, there appeared this one. It’s a great belt, beautifully crafted with strong red and navy blue colours. The only problem is……..we didn’t order it! It’s such a......

Great to see the Ludgrove Maasai beaded belt on holiday in Greece! Whether the wearer owns the yacht in the background is another matter……....

Manyatta is proud to be found on the Tusk Trust website – proof that every purchase directly benefits this fantastic charity. Tusk is particularly known for its presence in East Africa but its influence in the area of conservation is actually worldwide. We donate 5%......

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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