Today the clothing experts kicked off their research about how the Maasai meet their need for clothing by beading. After looking at photos and reading excerpts from nonfiction books, the clothing experts learned about the symbolism of different bead colors. Then, they beaded their own single strand necklaces and bracelets.
Each friend made his or her own pattern. It took nearly an hour to bead one bracelet! Comparing their bracelets to the intricate beading of the Maasai, the students recognized the amount of time and craftsmanship required for such work. Elias reflected on the experience. “It takes a lot of patience.” Next week, they will visit a bead shop and take on more intricate beading projects and fabric dyeing.