Maasai Beading

A Colourful Craft

Alongside the Safari Shop, you’ll find the Beading Studio, where this talented group of Maasai women creates beautiful beadwork, whether for jewellery or a dash of beads on clothing. It is a merriment of activity, laughter and song as hands bead busily away and the walls are decorated with traditional necklaces of different celebrations.

What to Expect

Sit with the Mamas while they work and sing songs, you can chat with them and try your hand at this intricate craft

Want to spruce up a favourite piece of clothing? The team can create a design for your sleeve, under your collar or on a hat. They can also show you how they bead bespoke items like a leather bracelet or a belt

Ask one of the Mamas to make you a personalised name bracelet — children love these — or a unique Maasai-style necklace to celebrate a special occasion, from birthdays to weddings

Browse through their other work — the Maasai Mamas create Maasai-inspired designs for items such as placemats, lampshades and more, taking traditional beadwork and putting an Angama flare to it

Supporting Communities

Whatever you buy, your beautiful beaded jewellery purchase has an impact right here in the Mara. Traditionally, and until recently, Maasai women did not work, but this small women’s beading group shows what can be done. Not only do the Mamas now earn a livelihood and benefit financially from selling their crafts, they feel a sense of pride and belonging through creating beading communities and running businesses.

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