Beader Biography: Maria

Beader Biography: 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.

She says that it takes 3-4 days to bead one belt and that her favourite styles are the plain and striped ones.

Around half of Manyatta’s orders are bespoke belts commissioned for clubs, schools, regiments and even in the colours of a nation’s flag. Maria has the skill to bring to life an endless number of new styles.

She likes to be called ‘mama’ as this encapsulates what it means to be a Maasai woman.

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.

Maria uses the income from Manyatta orders to support 9 family members as well as her livestock. Cattle is cash in Maasailand!

She would love to have more orders from new customers so please do spread the word for Maria and her kin.

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