Maasai Bead Bangles
Maasai bead work embodies the whole of Maasai culture representing beauty, strength, tradition, warriorhood, social status and their deep love and devotion for their cattle. The age old art form is practiced by women of the village who learn from their mothers, who learned from their mothers. The women take small glass beads that are laid out on trays and strung onto clear threading. From here the designs and beauty explode to create bracelets, earrings, and necklaces.
Did you know each color has a symbolic meaning for the tribe?
- Red stands for bravery, unity and blood. The red is for the slaughtered cow.
- White is for the peace, purity and health.
- Blue, signifies the energy and the sky. They believe that with the rainfall it is able to feed their cattle’s and provide proper infrastructure for them.
- Orange and Yellow reflect hospitality. Visitors are served cow’s milk from orange gourds.
- Green like the earth symbolizes health and land.
- Black represents the people and the struggles they endure.
Fun to wear alone or in bunches, this Maasai bangle is a rubber ring wrapped in beads in various fun designs. The bangle gives a little to get over your hand but not too much. Each bangle is approximately 9-11 inches in circumference. Each 10 pack contains assorted designs in colors beyond the rainbow!
All jewelry is crafted by women of the Maasai tribe in rural Kenya. Fair Trade.
Meet the Maker: jedando african handicrafts
Working with more than 100 individual carvers in Machakos, Kenya, Jedando Modern Handicrafts markets African handicrafts primarily made of wood and bone worldwide. Carving is a tradition in Kenya with the children learning the craft from their parents. Carved by hand using only rudimentary hand tools, olive wood bowls, salad serving sets, and animal-shaped napkin rings take shape from pieces of olive wood, mahogany, and mpingo, or "African Ebony."