Beader Biography: Everlyn

Beader Biography: 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, around halfway between Nairobi and Arusha. A true Maasai homeland.

As is the Maasai tradition, she looks after cattle, sheep and goats (the Maasai eschew cash in favour of livestock) as well as her 10 family members.

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 Everlyn 2 – 4 days to bead one belt.

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. In addition, it is a skill she is hugely experienced in and so finds a little easier.

Everlyn has told us directly that the more orders she is able to fulfil, the greater the education for her children. So order a traditional Maasai belt and you will directly support Everlyn and her children.

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