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J&H is a store that has different traditional Maasai jewelry and traditional Kenyan goods i.e Arts, handbags, clothing. The Story Behind Maasai Beaded Jewelry - Il Ngwesi You’ve probably already seen them; those big and colorful beaded jewelry pieces of jewelry worn and handmade by the Maasai tribe from Kenya. This jewelry on Discovered is handmade by the women of Il Ngwesi. Bright colors and intricate patterns are traditional of the Maasai style. However, there is much more to it than just beautiful beaded jewelry. Did you know about the symbolism and the social meaning of this craft? If not, read on. Traditional Maasai Jewelry in Kenya The beaded handmade jewelry from the Maasai women is a tradition from this tribe, located in Southern Kenya. The Maasai have been creating beaded jewelry for a very long time. It all started long before the first European contact had occurred. Before, the tribe used natural resources to create their jewelry. Clay, wood, bone, copper and brass are just few of the materials that were used.
Colorful with Meaning
The colors of the jewels are not only chosen because of the beautiful ensembles they make, but also for their symbolic values. Each color has a meaning that is often related to cattle. Cattle are the main food source of the Maasai and they sustain a deep connection with them.
Red symbolizes bravery and strength, but above all, unity as it is the color of the blood of the cow that is slaughtered when the community comes together during celebrations. Blue symbolizes energy and represents the sky. The sky is of great importance because it provides rain for the cattle. Green stands for the land, which grows food for the cattle. It symbolizes health. Orange and yellow represent hospitality because they are the colors of the animal skins on guest beds. White means purity, as it is the color of the milk from the cows, considered by the Maasai as pure and holy animals. Finally, black symbolizes the people and all the struggles