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Manyatta belts are available in several designs

Manyatta belts are also available in eight standard lengths

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A fundamental part of Manyatta is the creation of Maasai beaded belts in club, regiment, school or association colours. More often than not, we hit gold first time and the beaded belt is approved. Occasionally, the belt is not quite correct – the colour might......

We are particularly pleased with how these Kenyan beaded belts have turned out. I know we have blogged about this cricket club before but it just goes to show how accurate we can be – matching the tie and blazer in dimensions and colours. Cricket......

This is something we have been working on for a while. Having found a new, highly skilled Maasai beading team, we wanted to create a beaded belt which combined the beading skills of Kenya with the beauty and traditions of the British countryside. We are......

We are so pleased to be members of the Kenya Society, an organisation promoting trade, business and friendship between the UK and Kenya. Yesterday saw the annual lunch at The Royal Overseas League in London  – it was a fantastic occasion and wonderfully organised by......

We had a great day at the beautiful Cowdray Park (congratulations to the Dubai team for their last minute victory), meeting all sorts of wonderful people, selling plenty of our Maasai beaded belts. Apologies to those of you wanting to buy our smaller beaded dog......

Manyatta is delighted to announce a new commission from a world famous institution – The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. This Maasai beaded belt has been created in the unique colours of the RAU – black, gold and red. It will be available from graduation day......

Manyatta has already sold to many well known faces – Bear Grylls, Henry Blofeld, Marcus Wareing, Tim Henman and more. To our knowledge this is the first from the football world – the manager Phil Brown, most well known for his success at Hull City.......

Our brand new gazebo looking smart at a recent show in Oxfordshire. The space gives us much more room to showcase our beaded belts as well as beaded dog collars. Pleased with the purchase and it has been commented upon favourably by customers!...

These belts have been beautifully beaded and might appeal particularly to those with an interest in the British countryside and country sports. The skill involved is incredibly impressive and whether hunting or shooting, we think they would adorn anyone’s waist. The Kenyan skill of beaded......

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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