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Phew! I have finally completed my creation - an beaded bracelet made mainly from beads. Throughout the world, ethnic groups are characterized and identified by dress and ornamentation. My paternal grandmother (who sadly died before I was born and after whom I am named) was maasai, a tribe widely known for their beautiful beadwork.

Maasai have been creating jewelery since 1900, mostly for its beauty, which is a very important aspect of Maasai culture. Traditionally local raw materials such as seeds, skins, copper, bone, gourd and wood were used in the craft. Bead colors have different meaning for example - orange the color of gourds signifiys hospitality, green represents the land, blue the sky, white the color of milk represents putity as milk comes from cows wihich are considered pure, holy animals by the Maasai etc..

It took me 8 days to make this beads. It was really, really hard but I am so pleased with the end result.

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Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on May 2, 2010 at 7:05pm
It´s beautiful!!!
Comment by NANGAR SOOMRO on May 2, 2010 at 7:05pm
Dear Shakwei, Ahhhhhhhh thats really great...... I can understand the pain and time you have been patient to complete this task...... You know completeness of any task give the enormous pleasure and you feel ON THE TOP of the world........ Great work !
Comment by Calida DeBello on May 2, 2010 at 7:06pm
That is really beautiful, Agent Shakwei. I am glad to know the meaning behind the colors, it makes the bracelet into an artifact that I can decode, like a secret message that says a lot about the people who originated it. Wearable art!
Comment by Samiran Roy on May 2, 2010 at 8:20pm
Wow, Amazing Shakwei.
Comment by Iyamuremye Jean de Dieu on May 3, 2010 at 2:09pm
Excellent, Shakwei!


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