These beaded pieces inspired by the Maasai tribe make for the perfect addition to your jewellery collection
Images: Lore, Thomson Safaris
While the dopamine-inducing Y2K aesthetic came and conquered with its share of beaded strings, the jury’s still pretty divided on whether the trend held much merit or was quite simply tailored to gen-Z’s ‘too cool for school’ state of mind. That being said, beaded jewellery has always been top of mind when we’re looking for a fun, colourful way to amp up an outfit.
For a more grown-up take on the trend, we find ourselves endlessly inspired by the Maasai tribe’s beads. Maasai beadwork is an art form that has been practised as a central part of their cultural heritage by the Maasai people of East Africa. It is characterised by vibrant colours, intricate patterns, and symbolic meanings.
The beads used in Maasai beadwork are typically made of glass and are imported from Europe and Asia. One of the most iconic forms of Maasai beadwork is the beaded collar, also known as a “tradition” or “oran.” The patterns often have symbolic meanings, representing things like animals, plants, or important events in Maasai history.
One of the reasons that Maasai beadwork has become so popular in recent years is its versatility. The vibrant colours and intricate patterns can be incorporated into a wide range of fashion styles, from bohemian to modern minimalist. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite interpretations of this style of beadwork, just in time for summer!
Nori, ₹6,300, Studio Loveletter
Sirius Bead Earrings, ₹1,600, Diaries of Nomad
Hapur Flower Beadwork Bangles by Aagaz (Set of 6), ₹450, iTokri
Lavender Twist Beaded Necklace, ₹800, Okhai
Drew Beaded Earrings, ₹4,295, Fossil
Prashast Glass Beads Necklace, ₹675, Amala Earth
Embroidered Flower Motif Zia Earringss, ₹2,500, Zwende
Multi Bead & Pearl Anklet, ₹945, Accessorize London