#StylishMondays: Maasai Shoespiration for the World!

BY ELI CHEP & EVE CHEGE

Maasai BeadworkNothing shouts African realness more than beaded artwork on fashion accessories like these beautiful hand-beaded “Kenyaxican” beaded pumps by Christian Louboutin.

CLouboutinReason as to why there’s always more to class and elegance by being chic in some authentic red-soled Christian Louboutin beaded pumps. The pair from their ‘Maa Collection’ retail at £173 (approx. Ksh.25, 700) – a relatively value for money rate that are just TO DIE FOR!

We just love how these pair of shoes are a masterpiece of ‘tribal chic’ perfection and at the same time a reflective of two things common to all African people – the celebration of heritage & color.

Seed-beaded Christian Louboutin shoes

Fusing inspiration from both the Maasai tribe of Kenya & Mexican Red Indian artwork, Louboutin created the beaded platform pumps with geometric, multicolored print patterns carefully placed by hand & complemented by an arch of sun-kissed beautiful beads to catch the world’s attention.

The beaded pumps as worn by American actress Kristen Bell. Loving the multi-color and intricate detailing of these shoes. Such a bold statement and we totally love it!

We particularly love the collection for so many reasons; the biggest being that, in a tribute to African aesthetics, the fashion honcho chose to significantly reference the work of Kenya’s Maasai women in the distinct bead-work of the bodice. The beads positively shimmer and are embedded on a luxe satin canvas.

Kenyan beads are always happy, fashionable beads!

The Louboutin collection is not only inspired by the rich beading and ornamentation of the Maasai tribe. The fashion brand through community-based NGOs franchised a Maasai collective by actually hiring 100 Maasai women so far from Namanga and Arusha areas who embroider some of their shoes with their traditional patterns, colors and designs.

beadsOnce embroidered, the products are sent back to France, where the shoes and bags are given a polished finishing and distributed to Western consumers avid for some “ethnic-inspired” ornamentation.

The fashion brand has impacted their fashion foundation for Africa under four goals: education for girls, health services for women, economic development + empowerment and cultural pride.

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