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Manyatta belts are available in several designs

Manyatta belts are also available in eight standard lengths

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Is there a more stunning place to play cricket? This is Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, alma mater of Richard Branson among many other successful alumni. The old boys cricket club is called the Stowe Templars (Stowe is dotted with some beautiful temples and follies). Manyatta......

The Hurlingham Club is one of the prestigious clubs in London – so popular with locals that the waiting list for membership is now closed. Manyatta has just received its 4th reorder, for both Maasai beaded belts and Maasai beaded dog collars in. Delighted that......

Sunningdale Preparatory School is situated in Berkshire and is one of the oldest and most distinguished of private schools. It is one of the handful of full boarding, boys schools left in the country as well as being privately owned. This is the Headmaster’s belt......

The commissions for Maasai beaded belts keep coming in! Manyatta belts are perfect for your club so please do get in touch if you would like a free sample. Fantasians is a very old and established nomadic cricket club with an excellent range of top......

So, where to begin? It’s been a year of expansion for Manyatta (helped by being recognised by Tatler magazine in its It List of 2018) and it’s been great to see the 2 strands of the business succeeding nicely. The traditional Maasai beaded belts have......

The latest batch of bespoke Maasai beaded belts will be here imminently. From the top: Chelsea Arts Club Agetur (for Nigel Twiston-Davies stables) Eton Ramblers I Zingari and I Zingari Australia Old Etonian Racquets and Tennis Club – our longest serving client...

Now this is a very interesting new Maasai beaded belt commission. With no real publicity, word has spread and 1 sample has already turned into 4!I have included a snipper from Wikipedia but more information is there, of course, if you are interested. In a......

The following are the new Maasai beaded belt regimental commissions ordered in the last 6 weeks or so: The Queen’s Royal Hussars The King’s Royal Hussars The Light Dragoons This is in addition to our Household Division Maasai beaded belt available to order and also......

I thought it might be interesting to show you the design process. This is a computer mock up of one of our regimental Maasai beaded belt samples which has been ordered. I ask for a tie, sock, anything really which is an accurate reflection of......

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,......

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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