Where To Get Maasai Beads Online

Are you a lover of beads? Do you know about the Kenyan Maasai market? Have you been searching for where to get beads Maasai beads online without travelling to Kenya or asking a friend to get some for you on their way back? This article will show you how.

Colourful Maasai Neck and Shoulder Beads

Brief history of the Maasai market

The Maasai market in Nairobi, Kenya dates back to the trade by-barter era, when Maasai and Kambai women would trade milk for money, and vice versa. When trade by-barter went out of style, the women sought new ways to adapt. They created a market of artisans popular for creating colourful, alluring jewellery, artefacts, and ornaments representing Kenyan culture.

Beads on Display At Maasai Market. Beadmakers surround a foreigner in a blue shirt displaying thier wares.

Maasai Market Overview


The market initially began in 1982 along Mombasa Road, and eventually moved to Kijabe Street in 2008 after being relocated from the Globe Cinema roundabout due to the construction of Ngara Road.

As the Maasai market on the back street of Kijabe, along Michuki Park’s fence expanded due to its authenticity, diversity, and tourism, the market traders registered their group as the Maasai Market Handcraft Welfare Association. Today this association is called the Maasai Market Association, and the market has about 500 traders and artisans. 

The Maasai Market opens every Tuesday from 6 am to 8 pm when the cars at Michuki Park give way for artisans and traders to display their wares.


How to Get Beads From Maasai Market Online

Now you know how much work has been put into creating the Maasai market and how much tourists love their products, here’s where you can buy beads and other accessories from the Maasai market online: BAM!

BAM Logo

Buy Africa Made (BAM) is an eCommerce store that sells only African-made products to locals and foreigners. It’s like Jumia but for African-made products only. And BAM is where you can find those Maasai accessories you’ve been eyeing.

In the category section of our website, you will find the Maasai market section, where we sell products from the market such as accessories and footwear. So, instead of travelling, or waiting till you go on vacation, you can easily order it from the BAM website or app, and have it delivered wherever you are. 




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