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Manyatta belts are available in several designs

Manyatta belts are also available in eight standard lengths

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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......

We’ve recently smartened up our website. Due to the breadth of styles of Maasai beaded belts that we now produce, we have created new headings in the shop section. You can choose from traditional, club, school, regiment, sale and dog collar – hopefully making your......

Taken in Kenya, this photo sums up the incredible relationship between British tradition and that of the Maasai. And all by What’sApp....

If you did, you should recognise this! Modelled on the Old Radleian tie, this Maasai beaded belt has been created for a Berkshire based client. Combining the heritage and tradition of Radley College with the heritage and tradition of the Maasai. The old school tie......

Despite creating this Queen’s Royal Hussars Maasai beaded belt a while back, the truth is we have not had any direct sales. I’m pleased to announce our first internet sale and we hope there will be many more to come. Plenty of other regiments are......

Manyatta is excited to reveal that we have secured our first sponsorship deal. We would love to give out the details but will wait until the shirts and Maasai belts are officially unveiled. Watch this space!...

Great to link up with the Royal Agricultural University and see our Maasai beaded belts in the shop there. Between us we have created a good-looking poster with all the details as to why buying one is such a positive idea. Available at the shop......

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......

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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