18 Jun 2019
The Maasai Community, popularly known as the Maa’ community is a very big tribe that lives in the East Africas Tanzania and Kenya. The Maa in Kenya occupy part of Narok and Kajiado counties, while in Tanzania, most occupied area by the Maa is Mara area. The Maa are so creative that they make their products look so nice by their hands naturally, following every pattern. In other words, they are craftsmen by nature. Some of the products made are Sandals, belts, bracelets and necklaces among other curios.
The curios attract both the domestic and foreign tourists that visit different areas in the Kenya and Tanzania. Some of the craftsmen have the curio shops around,while some prefer to move with their goods. In Kenya, Maasai Market and Mabati Mbili area along the Rift Valley escarpments will be the best places to find a nice curio, in Tanzania, a little stroll in Mara is just enough to get a nice curio.
Some of the vendors have gone a notch higher to sell by the roadside, which is a good thing since tourists don’t have to go to the market to purchase them. However, the curios by the road are damn expensive. A better example is about the sculpture of a white Rhino that I bought the other time while travelling. The sculpture that of course is not cheaper, though not that expensive as I was sold to. The price ought to run from USD 10-20 while I paid for USD 50 for the ‘white rhino’.
I later got the chance to compare the prices with those that are in Maasai Market and was in a shock. Everyone should be aware of these guys who sell by the roadside. At all cost avoid buying much or rather avoid impulse buying by the roadside. It’s your right to bargain, the fact that you are a tourist should not justify otherwise.