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Manyatta belts are available in several designs

Manyatta belts are also available in eight standard lengths

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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......

This is a new commission – in truth the first sample had an incorrect colour so it was back to the drawing board. This beaded belt is a much better representation of the club, one of the oldest cricket clubs in the country. ...

These are Maasai beaded belts all ordered by various customers. From the top, The Royal West Norfolk (‘Brancaster’) Golf Club, I Zingari, Ludgrove School, The Royal Agricultural University, The Berkshire Golf Club, Butterflies Cricket Club and Hawk’s Club. Exciting times and all new commissions for......

Demand has been growing for Manyatta Maasai beaded belts and I felt it was needed to go to Kenya to seek out new suppliers. My thanks go to the wonderful Pamela Chesire who plays a key part in the success of the Kenya Society, founded......

Thanks to a wonderful member who has been incredibly helpful in spreading the word, The Queen’s Club Maasai beaded belt is proving to be quite a hit. Designed by a member of the board, orders are now coming in and I collected many beaded belts......

Ludgrove is a prep school in Berkshire and these belts are designed by an old boy to not only represent the colours, of course, but to symbolise the school’s association (obsession!) with cricket – hence the 3 white stripes are cricket stumps! Schools are a......

Cricket clubs are an important part of Manyatta’s Kenyan belt business. This is an updated version of the Radley Rangers beaded belt, to align more closely with the club tie. To order one, either email direct at info@manyatta.co or contact the club secretary....

It’s been a busy time in the beaded belt business. On a recent trip to Kenya I collected these Guards regiments Maasai belts – a nice shot taken in the back garden of the friends with whom I was staying! So if you’re in any......

Let’s hope the fine weather continues for Sunday and the traditional crowds come out for this well known event. Manyatta will be selling its Maasai beaded belts there, having already been commissioned for Nigel Twiston-Davies and Hughie Morrison....

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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