fashion
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30
Aug

CH.22: MAMA FASHION

For morani, fashion is a signifier of beauty and strength, and for mamas, the married women of the Samburu, this is even moreso.

A mama will spend her life in an intense system of hard work and triumph against the odds, not just surviving but exceeding in a challenging environment with finesse and grace.

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18
Jun

CH.16: MORANI FASHION

Samburu fashion is world renowned and totally distinctive, this week we’re going to look at the fashion of the morani.


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The one thing that surprises most people to learn about morani fashion is how fluid and organic it is, constantly evolving like the fashion of any other culture.

Samburu beadwork originates from about four centuries ago when trade brought colourful beads from Eastern Europe. This has spawned an obsession with bright colour that flows through clothing and jewelry and into storytelling; the greatest channels of Samburu self expression.

For the warriors it’s the pinnacle of beauty and strength, nothing impresses more than big healthy bulls, a big herd of cattle, striking and colourful beadwork, and stories of great courage to back it all up with.

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