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Manyatta belts are available in several designs

Manyatta belts are also available in eight standard lengths

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Manyatta is delighted to announce a new commission from a world famous institution – The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. This Maasai beaded belt has been created in the unique colours of the RAU – black, gold and red. It will be available from graduation day......

Manyatta has already sold to many well known faces – Bear Grylls, Henry Blofeld, Marcus Wareing, Tim Henman and more. To our knowledge this is the first from the football world – the manager Phil Brown, most well known for his success at Hull City.......

Our brand new gazebo looking smart at a recent show in Oxfordshire. The space gives us much more room to showcase our beaded belts as well as beaded dog collars. Pleased with the purchase and it has been commented upon favourably by customers!...

These belts have been beautifully beaded and might appeal particularly to those with an interest in the British countryside and country sports. The skill involved is incredibly impressive and whether hunting or shooting, we think they would adorn anyone’s waist. The Kenyan skill of beaded......

This school, most famous for having Princes William and Harry as old boys, has long been a customer of Manyatta. The Maasai beaded belt was designed by an old boy in the traditional colours of navy and white but with a twist: the 3 white......

Manyatta is delighted to officially announce the Eton Ramblers Maasai beaded belt. Designed in conjunction with the club (and it took more than one go to get the correct bead colours!), this 4 coloured beaded belt is available to buy just by emailing info@manyatta.co. One......

This is an interesting new commission – the Exeats is a large group of prep school masters who have their own team and tour (usually to Devon) once a year. Their logo is a pink X on a navy background and the name of the......

This is a photo taken on my recent visit to Kenya, to search for new suppliers due to growing demand. The lady here is cutting leather into the right size for the various lengths of Maasai beaded belt. The supplier’s name shall remain hidden for......

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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