These two necklaces from my collection were made with love by the women of the Maasai Tribe.  Their clothing and artwork are necessities for survival and are integral to their identity as Maasai.

Here you can see the intricacy of the Maasai’s beadwork.  The detail and colors used in the beads must follow the strict rules of the tribe.  The beads are classified as either primary or secondary colors.  White, red, green, blue and orange are classified as primary colors and yellow and black are considered secondary colors.  Women are allowed to exchange orange beads for yellow ones if they run out of orange, and are allowed to substitute black for blue, when needed.  However, placing a primary color next to a secondary color is seen as unacceptable.

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