Basecamp Maasai Brand

BEADING FOR A BETTER FUTURE

Basecamp Maasai Brand is an economic enterprise that began in 2003 with the aim of empowering disadvantaged women’s groups in the Talek region of the Masai Mara in Kenya, and to maintain and enhance the handicraft skills, knowledge and designs of the Maasais’ famous bead and leather work.

Today we work with over 150 women making beaded and leather handicraft with a unique fusion between traditional Maasai designs and contemporary style. And by that creating a source of income for the women while supporting and maintaining their traditional handicraft skills.

HOW TO SHOP

As an online and offline business, BMB supplies beaded products to both local and international markets. We would be delighted to welcome you to our workshop at Basecamp Masai Mara where you can choose your preferred design, color, and size to get a special and unique item. Come and see how we make our products and you can even have a go at beading yourself if you would like to.

Our retail outlet shop at Basecamp Masai Mara is open daily and you have the opportunity to see the finished collections of jewellery, leather items, and accessories.

Our shop opens: Daily from 6:00 am – 10:00 pm

You can also make your order by sending an email to jemimah@basecampexplorer.com

SEE SOME OF OUR MOST POPULAR ITEMS BELOW

STRING BRACELETS
13 USD

Beads on recycled plastic strings held together with pieces of reused plastic. Made in traditional patterns. Leather with press buttons closing.

Size: 22 cm

Color options: green / white / ivory

SMALL DOTTED BRACELETS
USD

A simple and feminine bracelet. Five small beaded leather discs on a strap. Ties around your wrist.

Size; 19 cm

Color options: white / red / blue / yellow / green / golden

 

THIN OLMURANI BRACELETS
USD

Warrior bracelet, traditionally worn by the Maasai warriors around their ankles. Beads are sewn on soft leather straps that are tied around your wrist

Size: 19 cm

Color options: black with purple / blue stripes

 

BUTTON BRACELET
16 USD

Unisex bracelet. Beaded Maasai triangular patterns on soft leather, backed with thin sheep nappa. Closure with two press buttons.

Size: 22 cm

Color options: black with purple / blue stripes

 

NECKBELT
15 USD

Our top selling accessory! A Maasai necklace in modern design. A long necklace made out of two strands of beads put together and finished with suede straps. Decorated with metal jingles on chains. Wear it as a long necklace, wrap twice around your neck, around your wrist/ankle or as a thin decorative belt over your favorite dress.

Size: 30 cm

Color options: blue / red / white / brown / yellow

OLOIBONI
10 USD

Design inspired from a ceremonial necklace given by the Maasai spiritual leader- the Loiboni, to someone as protection and good fortune. Originally the little leather pouch was filled with special herbs and worn as an amulet. Plaited suede strap and a suede medallion with beads and cowrie shell.

Size: 15 cm

Color options: brown leather

 

OLKELEAI NECKLACE
20 USD

Beads are sewn on a rope for an unusual and eye-catching necklace. Traditionally this style of necklace,  made in vibrant colours is worn by both men and women. Our version is a bit shorter and made plain with the beads with small patches of silver. Ties with suede strap.

Size: 15cm

Color options: white

 

ROUND EARRINGS
USD

Round colourful earrings made from beads and wire. We can make different sizes.

Size: small size

Color options: pink / white / green / black

 

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