In line with Bantu Belle’s creative philosophy, Shanga by Bantu Belle is a line of beaded accessories inspired by the Maasai tribe in Tanzania and Kenya. Shanga means beads in Swahili. The Maasai tribe is well known for its colorful glass bead jewelry with unique styles. Handmade by women, and worn by both women and men, Maasai jewelry includes bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and pendants. Each piece typically includes multiple colors, each carrying a special meaning and each distinct design signifies a person’s position in society.