Beaded belt

Details
Object number
AIBDC : 008448
Country
Date
2000 (circa)

Description

A leather belt covered in a design made up of small beads. This Maasai beaded piece has come from the Gelai Bomba ('Broken Pipe') village of the Longido region of North Tanzania, East Africa. Maasai beadwork is done specifically by women, but are worn by both men and women. Initially, beads were made of dried grass, sticks, clay, seeds, and shells, these have been mostly replaced by plastic and glass. Maasai beadwork is worn according to the age and social status of an individual and the colours have different meanings for example red (blood, bravery, and unity), white (health, peace, and purity), blue (the colour of the sky represents energy), green (colour of grass signifies the land and production), black (the people and their struggles), yellow (the sun, fertility, and growth) and orange (warmth, generosity, and friendship).
Designers & Manufacturers
Designer (Person)
Manufacturer
Method Note
belt
beads
beads
Material Note
plastic beads
unidentified
leather belt