About the Artisans

ABOUT THE MAASAI MAMAS

In the Maasai culture, the beaded creations they wear can tell you
something about the person who wears them - age, marital status, social status, special events in their life (like a new bride). With guidance from a talented leather worker/designer the mamas were given the opportunity to use their natural sense of color and design to create products for the Western market. They live and work near their homes (which allows them to care for livestock and children) where they gather in small groups to share advice and stories as they bead the leather provided. A friend of our collection – Nils Tcheyan – visited the mamas and beautifully captured a few images of their gathering.