A crash course in changing the world.
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.