Sidai Designs collaborated with Tanzanian photographer Sam Vox to capture the stories of the Maasai people who work with us here in Tanzania. Our hope was to capture the characteristics that make them unique individuals, despite living part of a tribe that - while modernising slowly - still live very traditional lifestyles.
Hands hold symbolic power for their ability to show both strength and softness. Hands are used to show adoration to our loved ones and children, yet the human determination to survive enables those same hands to take a person through hours of hard physical work.
Hands are used to cook, to clean, to bless, to heal, to offer peace, and to greet - in Maasai culture you bow to show an elder woman respect, which she accepts by placing her hand on your head.
Our hands are a part of our DNA. The way they move, look, the shape and the size help to tell a person’s story.
Through the hands of our beaders, we wish to share their stories - stories of courage, strength, perseverance, partnership, sisterhood, motherhood, their love of home, tradition, family and animals. It is a chance to get to know them. They may work for Sidai, they may be of the Maasai tribe, but they are also individuals. They are artists, midwives, storytellers, entrepreneurs, and more.
These are their stories.