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This year Tanzania Maasai Women’s art has decided to become more involved with the education of our children.
The International School Moshi Arusha provides a wide veriety of after school classes for its students to enable them to gain unique skills offered by the community.
Tanzania Maasai Women’s Art has created a class which teaches both the beading techniques and the history of Maasai culture.

We hope to inspire the next generation so that they might pass the knowledge to others around the world.

Not just jewelry…
Newsletter January 2017

….Time has slipped away again…and we are in 2017 ! We have been thrilled to have achieved and been able to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the organization in 2016, amid challenges and opportunities and a great many supporters and friends!
10th Anniversary collection… For our special birthday occasion Francesca Torri Soldini and her students at IED (Istituto Europeo di Design ) in Milan created a brand new and beautiful range of innovative Maasai jewelry. The new collection differs quite a lot from the previous ones. There is a big variety of shapes, colors and dynamism to make sure it can attract every woman’s taste, age and style, and it truly has ! We were very fortunate, again, to have Francesca here with us for a couple of weeks to help the Maasai women better understand and produce the new designs. As usual it was a great pleasure to enjoy her enthusiasm, her humor and her patience to say nothing of taking advantage of her skills.


The retail shop in Arusha…In March as local retail business seemed to have finally picked up, we expanded and rented another space at Sable Square creating a workshop and office area where the women could spend more time working under the guidance of Francesca , Mama Eva and Tati. Unfortunately the positive trend did not last and we decided to close the retail shop and merge the shop, workshop and office in a smaller space.Flexibility is our motto!

Our Margaret…decided after many years it was time for her to take a break and get some rest…..we can’t blame her…it takes a lot of energy to work in this field. She is still passing by sometime to say ‘Hi’ which is very nice . Rose Emanueli has taken her position and it is a pleasure to have her on board.

The local market

we’d like to say a huge thank you to our ever loyal resident market, and we love to see the MWA constantly being worn around Tanzania, especially when we see designs from the past 10 years adorning all these wonderful people. Despite this we had more of a focus and made more an effort, this past year, with the international marketplace. The international market..North America and Canada continue to be undoubtly our major selling point. LotusLand Imports www.lotuslandimports.com is the unique distributor for Canada and has now taken over the West Side of the USA. Thanks to Susan Bibbings the jewelry has been on the catwalk again at Eco Fashion Week 2016( www.ecofashion-week.com) in Seattle, WA, United States !

Katherine Benoit kjbenoit@gmail.com has become our exclusive representative on the East territory of the United States. The jewelry are now available for purchase at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit Michigan and Niagara Universtity Castellani Art Museum in Niagara Falls NY !

Italy is still represented by Cetacea Service www.cetaceaservice.com who is participating again at the end of this month at HOMI international fair in Milan . The Fair is mainly dedicated to retailer and attracts customers from all over the world.
Kathy Drogemuller www.paracombewines.com/community/maasai-womens-art in Australia is not only producing and selling some of the best wine in the country but supports community projects as well. Maasai Women Art jewelry can be bought at her cellar door !…


The rest of the European market and UK are also reopening which is very positive and encouraging.

Not just jewelry…

over the last few months Oikos East Africa has supported a new project that trains Maasai people to process and tan their leather. A totally organic tannery and a leather workshop have been built in Mkuru. Local young residents have been trained in tanning and cutting leather creating a new business opportunity and subsequent economic growth for the community in the area. With the help of the ‘fundi’ and trainer Gabriel Mollel and the designs of Cheka Bearcroft we have been able to launch a nice first collection of leather bags at the Arusha Christmas Fair. We are still at the very beginning of this new venture and a lot of serious work is needed. Pole pole….(slowly slowly….)..

Recycle recycle….

a bag with some history…and why not combine old safari camps canvas with beautiful organic leather? Some nice backpacks, computer bags and wallets have been created out of used bits and pieces of bush tents. They are wonderful pieces to own and cherish, as well as to wonder at the sights and scenes they have taken in over the years in the Tanzanian wildlife parks.

Development …thanks to Unite The World For Africa Foundation we have started a 2 year Health Training program for the Maasai women in Mkuru.

The women’s boma has been uplifted and one of the 3 building units is now a proper medical room where Dr. Gideon who is in charge of the project can carry on medical screening when necessary and teach the women about the importance of fundamental health knowledge. The women are enthusiast and eager to learn more and seem incredibly appreciative of this opportunity.


Tanzania Maasai Women Art is financially self-sustained. However any further support is very helpful. If you want to make a donation or somehow contribute to the development activities please contact us at the following address: info@maasaiwomneart.org
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ARUSHA CHRISTMAS FAIR 19-20th November

The festive season is just around the corner!!!

As the Christmas season approaches TMWA has been preparing a collection of treats to exhibit. As some of you know we have recently released a new collection of jewellery which we have been working hard at over the last year and now ready to release for the local market.

Along with the Jewellery we have been working on a few other projects which we are very exited to introduce to Arusha . Information on the new leather project will be displayed at the fair on the 19th and 20th November.

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A MESSAGE FOR THE MUMS AND DADS

Message for the Mums and Dads!!!
At this year’s Arusha Christmas fair we will be offering a beading workshop for your little ones.
Give yourself an hour to shop and mingle while the teeny tots enjoy some time together making Xmas presents for their loved ones.

Price is 10,000 for one hour with our top fundi Mama Eva who will assist and teach them Maasai beading techniques.
The children will be supervised at all times by either Cheka, Tati or rose.

Workshops will run every hour from 10:30 to 3:30

For 8 yrs and up

See you all soon X 🙂

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LEATHER WORK & TANNERY NEWS

Over the last few months Tanzania Maasai Women’s art has been working towards launching a brand new idea. Together with Oykos , Maasai Women’s art have encouraged and supported the local community of Mkuru, Arusha through many different mediums.

In the last year Oykos has approved the building of a Tannery and leather workshop in Mkuru which has enabled local hyde sellers to create business opportunities and therefore economic growth for the Maasai living in the area.

The tannery has also lifted job opportunities for young men and women who are welcomed into the workshop and taught specific leather work and leather beading skills from Arusha’s Top Leather Fundi.
With the help of our Trainer Gabriel Mollel and Cheka Bearcoft our designer and Leather work manager we have been able to reach out and find new mediums to introduce to Maasai Women’s Art.

We hope to see you all at the Christmas fair on the 19th and 20th November.
If you have any questions about buying hyde / leather please feel free to contact us.

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SALE SALE SALE !!!! 30% OFF – Early Xmas sale

TMWA is running an early Christmas sale at Sable square . We will be selling all vintage collection items at 30% off .

Pop in and have a nosey about and pick up gifts for your loved ones this Xmas.

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Museum Showcase of Tanzania Maasai Women’s Art

Tanzania Maasai Women’s Art -“Not Just Jewelry” is available for purchase at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit Michigan!

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Moving

For all our Jewellery lovers and Maasai Women Art supporters, we would like to inform you that we are moving our display collection to Art Café, Sable Square from the 30th August. Our workshop will be staying where it is with the addition of a display cabinet.

Please feel free to drop in anytime and meet the team.
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Art Café , Sable Square

Art Café , Sable Square

10th Anniversary Jewellery Collection

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To . Our journey began in 2006 when the Maasai Women of Mkuru formed a group of 89  female only members.  We have now expanded to almost 200 female members.

We continue to work towards empowering women and their community through their traditional knowledge and skills.

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NOT JUST JEWELLERY …

Maasai Women Art is not just jewellery!

We have recently had our first meeting with the Mwenyekiti of Mkuru and Dr. Gideon Orio to introduce a Health Training Program for the Maasai women. The program will be carried on for the next couple of years thanks to ‘Unite The World For Africa Foundation’
Exciting time ahead!

Mwenyekiti of Mkuru and Dr. Gideon Orio

Mwenyekiti of Mkuru and Dr. Gideon Orio

VISIT FROM FRANCESCA TORRI

Blessed with the recent visit of Francesca Torri (Art Director) who has been training our Women the art of perfection from the very beginning. Her recent
visit to Arusha was filled with smiles and adventure.

Francesca Torri teaching new unique skills to the Women.

Francesca Torri teaching new unique skills to the Women.

Her keen eye for quality and constant creativity made our new collection all the more fantastic and brings us all peace of mind for our new launch of uniquely crafted jewellery.

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