We are fortunate in being able to bring some Tanzanian handicrafts back to the United States for sale to our donors and friends. Normally we sell these at concerts and special events, but we are happy to make them available to long distance friends who can only view pictures. All the pieces pictured are one of a kind and are very limited in quantity. Once they're gone, they're gone....
Maasai Jewelry. The beading that the Maasai women can do is just exquisite. The colors are incredibly clear and strong, and their technique is traditional. These blue pieces are simply magnificent.
Maasai beaded sandals: We have two pair of women's hand beaded sandals, both size 10/11. One is black and one is brown. Here is another example of the beautiful hand beading of the Maasai women.
A Shuka is literally "sheet" which is worn in a variety of ways by males in East Africa. It is usually made of cotton or wool blend and often coloured red as camouflage to blend in with the red dirt of the area. We have several pieces of this wonderful material.
These Maasai bracelets are not only beautifully made, they're also fun to wear. The colors are incredibly vibrant and evoke the many colors of Africa.
Another lovely necklace set filled with cheerful colors and beautiful beading.
Here we have more handmade earrings, using the traditional beading technique and others using recycled aluminum.
For our friends who love fabric, you will absolutely love these handmade Batiks. Each piece has approximately 3 yards of fabric. They are one of a kind and handmade in the traditional process of drawing in wax so the designs are resistant to dye.
A Kanga is an official garment worn by African females. It can be draped, wrapped or slung. Once again, each piece is hand made and the colorful designs traditionally include a proverb at the bottom in Swahili.
We have a small supply of this limited edition CD entitled "Songs of the Maasai Steppe" performed by the Loruvani Maasai Choir. The choir director, Hezron, was a graduate of Makumira and is now a professor there. Isn't that wonderful? .