Necklace consisting of multiple strands of coloured European glass seed beads.
Wide belt of woven European glass seed beads on organic thread (boabab).
Single strand of white glass beads threaded onto grass fibre (boabab).
Three lengths of multi-coloured glass beaded lengths that are looped and joined centrally.
Purchased in the 1970s, this popular item consists of round cut red bauxite beads, which originated in Ghana.
Necklace composed of thin slithers of scented wood threaded onto organic fibre (boabab).
One of a pair of dance armbands.
Maasai style wide beaded wire collar.
This kinyatta was usually given to girls just after clitoridectomy by their mothers but can be worn by both girls and young married women and young men.
An S-twist chain is very typical of the Kamba.
A corset worn by women under their clothes after the birth of a child to hold their stomachs in.
Said to be a Kikuyu beaded leather belt that has been re-used by boy scouts.
This belt was usually made for a young man by his newly married wife.
Copper alloy necklace consisting of s-twist chain links and jinglers.
Copper alloy necklace consisting of s-twist chain links and crescent-shaped aluminium danglers (tulamba).
Armlet decorated with a double row of glass blue beads.
When the old coinage ceased to be legal currency the various nations were left with large amounts of them and converted them into adornment accessories such as these armlets.
This wide collar necklace is worn by a young uninitiated girl aged 4 - 5.
A necklace made from the thin slivers of an aromatic wood.
A leather strap is decorated with aluminium moon-shaped terminals.
Six hoops of cane decorated with handmade glass beads and fastened together with grass fibre.
A traditional headband worn around the head of a woman for dancing.
These are the typical type of Kikuyu earrings worn by initiated young girls and women.
This ear ornament is made of a short copper chain with a single large old blue handmade Venetian glass bead.
The English word ‘tattoo’ comes from the Tahitian word ‘tatau’ - ‘to inflict wounds’.