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'Maasai Shuka' and is the traditional fabric worn by the Maasai Tribe in Kenya and Tanzania. The beads on your dress are made from recycled glass by members of the Krobo tribe in Ghana, by using a centuries old technique. The crushed glass is shaped is heated over a fire in molds which are made from mud. That gives the beads their frosty and uneven texture. The colour of the beads on your dress is determined by the type of glass that is used and will vary between white, blue and green. The Tiered Dress has pockets and drawstring sleeves. We aim at a loose fit, so the dress is one size fits most. The model wearing this dress is 5 feet 10 inches / 178 cm tall.
GLASS BEADS: Spot those stunning glass beads on your dress? Those are not just regular beads... These are recycled glass beads which are made by members of the Krobo tribe in Ghana, by using an old technique.
The beads are created from crushing recycled glass into powder. The colour of the bead will depend on the colour of glass used, as there is no dye added. The powdered glass is placed in a mold made of compacted, dried mud and sand, then a cassava plant stem is pushed through the center of the powder. The mold is placed into a kiln, where the glass bead is heated and the cassava plant stem burns leaving a hole in the bead.
The sandy texture of the mold creates the frosty and uneven finishing of the beads.
Maasai Shuka collection:
The Maasai Shuka is a fabric that reflects a culture which is as vibrant as its colourful patterns.
The Maasai Shuka fabric is traditionally worn by the Maasai tribe. Members of the Maasai tribe mainly live across the Great Rift Valley in Kenya and Tanzania and often live semi nomadic lifestyles, herding cattle across beautiful grasslands.
The Maasai are known as great conservationists who live in harmony with wild animals such as elephants, leopards, giraffes and lions. They protect the forests, savannas and rivers in their home and thanks to their focus on sustainability we are able to live, travel and work in the beautiful ecosystems of the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti.
Traditional Maasai attire includes colourful Maasai Shuka fabrics, often in red and blue shades.