The Merrueshi Women’s Co-operative was established by a small group of Maasai women who are dedicated to actively participate in business, social and cultural activities in Merrueshi village. The group is comprised of married women and widows.
The women’s cooperative presents a unique collection of intricate beadwork items made by Maasai women. While the emphasis is on Maasai artifacts, we have a variety of souvenir items from many other parts of Kenya. We carry everything from tribal beadwork, Maasai blankets, t-shirts, batiks, kikoy cloth, hand-woven baskets, and shoes to tribal objects such as shields and spears used by the Maasai and other tribal communities in Kenya.
Maasai women will always step forward and give each other a helping hand when the needs arise. They help each other through weddings, hut building, and maternal care. Before a wedding, for example, the women will come together and assemble the bridal costume. Some will make beaded ornaments while others will make a traditional and ceremonial garment for the bride to be.
In the Maasai society no woman builds a house alone without the company of others. Some will bring sticks while others will bring water needed to plaster the hut. These are centuries old traditions that Merrueshi women would like to keep going for generations to come. Copy & Images: Maasai Website
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