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Dimensions: L:11.4in W:18.5in D:0.4in
The Maasai leather beaded necklace is another notable piece of jewelry within Maasai culture. It combines the use of leather and vibrant beadwork, showcasing the craftsmanship and artistic traditions of the Maasai people. The necklace is typically crafted using a strip of leather, which serves as the base for the beadwork. The leather strip is often cut into a desired shape, such as a wide collar or a narrower band. The edges of the leather may be decorated with intricate stitching or other embellishments. The beadwork is then meticulously applied to the leather strip. Maasai artisans use small, colorful beads made from glass or seed materials. They thread the beads onto a strong thread or wire and carefully sew them onto the leather, creating elaborate patterns and designs. The beadwork often features geometric shapes, vibrant color combinations, and symbolic motifs that hold cultural significance.
About the Tribe
Maasai also spelled Masai (this is incorrect spelling of the British settlers and has remained in current use) are nomadic pastoralists of East Africa. Maasai is essentially a linguistic term, referring to speakers of this Eastern Sudanic language (usually called Maa) of the Nilo-Saharan language family. These include the pastoral Maasai who range along the Great Rift Valley of Kenya and Tanzania, the Samburu of Kenya, and the semipastoral Arusha and Baraguyu (or Kwafi) of Tanzania. The pastoral Maasai are fully nomadic, wandering in bands throughout the year and subsisting almost entirely on the meat, blood, and milk of their herds. Their bright red robes set them apart visually. Spear in hand, they are calm and courageous regardless of the danger. Until recently, a Maasai boy would only be crowned a warrior if they killed a lion single-handedly using a spear. Of course, this does not happen anymore as protection of the precious wildlife is paramount. Traditional Maasai people's lifestyle concentrates on their cattle which make up the primary source of food.
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