13 Feb Beader Biography: 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. A true Maasai homeland.
Her favourite design is any one of the traditional Maasai ones – Manyatta’s Lamu, Samburu, Tsavo and Turkana. It reminds her of her own proud heritage and ancestry.
As is the Maasai tradition, she looks after cattle, sheep and goats as well as her 6 children.
She was taught beading by her own mother from when she was a small girl. The beading skill is handed down from generation to generation.
It takes Eunice 2 – 4 days to bead one belt.
When asked how best to describe herself, she simply replied ‘mama’ – a word so much more than simply ‘mum’ but embodying the cultural and familial significance of that role.
She would love more orders from Manyatta – her primary ambition is to use the income derived from these orders to educate her children.