What is the significance of Massai beaded jewelry?
Beading and jewelry making are integral parts of the Massai culture and are carried out by Massai women. Many women will spend time together every day to work on beading jewelry, whether for themselves, their families, or to sell or trade.
Though Massai jewelry is made by women, it is worn by both women and men. In addition to being beautiful, beaded jewelry will indicate a person’s age and social status. Individuals with higher social standing will wear more elaborate jewelry. Married women wear a Nborro, a long necklace made of bright blue beads.