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We recently had another interesting commission and it has gone down very well with the client- this Maasai beaded belt is black with a particular shade of blue known by the school’s name. So can you guess the school? It’s fair to say they have......

Recently, we were delighted to support the Heythrop Hunt’s silent auction, raising money in particular for the Air Ambulance. We donated a belt and the highest bidder requested this beautiful, all navy blue, Maasai beaded belt. No sooner asked than done! What is your preference?......

Our thanks to this very smartly turned out chap, wearing his old school tie with his Manyatta Maasai beaded belt? So can you work out which school it is??...

Well, the Christmas rush is over and so it’s time to replenish our very low stocks of traditional Maasai beaded belts. New delivery is at the very beginning of February – we’re looking forward to having plenty more availability after a successful Christmas – many......

Manyatta is delighted to offer this Old Stoic Maasai beaded belt in association with the Old Stoic Society. We have created a belt in the exact style and colours of the tie – truth be told, we are rather pleased with it! Another great example......

Authenticity is at the heart of what we do – this is a page from our leaflets explaining the heritage of our Maasai beaded belts. 7000 hand sewn beads – think about this for a moment! The skill of our Kenyan beaders is exceptional and......

There is still time to order a belt or 2 for Christmas! Truthfully, stock levels are quite low but we are hopeful we won’t run out before Christmas! Last orders Saturday 21 December....

A wonderful evening was had at the Heythrop Christmas Fair in the beautiful Cotswolds – many thanks to all the members and followers who bought, advised or were simply great company. It is pleasing to have orders for our Maasai beaded animal belts of fox,......

We are honoured to have been given official approval by the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland for this Maasai beaded belt. This ceremonial unit, based in Edinburgh, has served as the Sovereign’s bodyguard in Scotland since 1822. The belt is now available to purchase on the......

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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