Traditional Bead-work from the Maasai culture represents beauty, strength, tradition, warrior-hood, marital status, fertility, protection, and social status.
Red:Represents bravery, strength, unity and the incredible challenges Maasai people face each day
Blue: Symbolizes energy and sustenance and the color of the sky which provides water for the people and their cattle
Green: Symbolizes nourishment and production, representing the land that provides food for the people and their livestock while also symbolizing the putting down of roots and the protection of one’s territory
Orange: Symbolizes warmth, friendship, generosity and hospitality, representative of the color of a gourd which is used to share milk with guests and welcome visitors into one’s home
Yellow: Symbolizes fertility and growth, representing the color of the sun which helps grow the grass to feed the livestock and sustain life
White: Represents purity and health symbolizing the color of cow’s milk that provides sustained nourishment
Black: Symbolizes unity, harmony and solidarity, representing the color of the people and the daily struggles they endure each day
Handmade in Kenya.
The Women Economic Empowerment Program (WEEP) from Positive Life Kenya, recruits women from the streets of Mlongo and teaches them entrepreneurship skills to empower them financially.