It’s no secret that traditional African wear is taking the fashion industry by storm. The traditional maasai attire in particular has become the face and symbol of African wear. Quite iconic. For thousands of Europeans who travel to east Africa, a visit would be incomplete without buying African print beads and blankets. One cannot resist the lure of Africa.
On the cold days, you will spot many Kenyans wrapped up like burritos in Maasai Shukas. The fanatics even go to an extent of using them as curtains, rags or blankets you name it; to add a little Kenyan flair to their homes. And did you know that your favorite designer, Louis Vuitton, used a maasai shuka for a men’s fashion collection show in Paris? well if you claim to be a guru in the fashion scene, you can’t afford to miss one.
Another upcoming trendy accessory is the Maasai sling bag kyondo-sisal woven. For those women who like huge storage bags-mostly on Fridays when planning to spend a night away, this is the product for you. You can fit your whole wardrobe and still leave room for a bite or two. On the plus, you also get to look fashionable . It’s also perfect for shopping at the market as they are strong and durable. They are not afraid of a little water so it makes a perfect beach bag. Their bright and colorful patterns will give you that edgy style and they are for sure an eye candy.
Ruth carter; the film’s production designer of Black Panther, drew inspiration from Maasai beading techniques, especially the disc necklaces worn by Maasai women. The Dora Milaje, with their deep red armor and tall spears look like Maasai warriors, which was the look carter was going for. Hence putting it on the spotlight, and giving it a worldwide appeal. With the trend setters already rubber stamping it, this should be enough to send you to maasai market to get that maasai bracelet or neck piece.
Maasai market( the ultimate breath of culture and color) , gives you the opportunity to purchase authentic African art, handcrafted beaded jewelry, clothing as souvenirs, home décor products, kitchen utensils ,handbags and so much more. With a couple of trips there, prepare to be complemented frequently and for all your friends at home to ask why you didn’t bring them a souvenir!
Instead of scrambling for knockoff Gucci along river road, why don’t we raise our traditional flag sky high and purchase our own authentic designers.