People tell us these are the highest quality and most unique beaded collars they have ever seen. The beading is done by Maasai "mamas" working in their home area. By meeting with their designer weekly to receive materials, the artisans can earn a living while maintaining their rural and more traditional lifestyle. Averaging one collar per day, the mamas create these original, one-of-a-kind designs.
Beads are hand sewn in leather and then an overlay of leather is glued and stitched on the back. Buckles are solid, hand-cast brass.
Available in a variety of colors, and in three widths: 1/2, 3/4, and 1 inch.
Collar lengths are from 8 to 24 inches.
Lurcher collars are available in 2 inch width and in even lengths from 12 to 20 inches.
Leads are 4 feet long in either our 1/2” Narrow or ¾” Standard widths. Leads are not recommend for dogs that pull or for dogs over 50 pounds.
Sizing: Our lengths reflect the measurement from the end of the leather at the buckle to the center hole.
*Please Note: The ½” wide size 12 collar is a special order and may take 4-6 weeks to manufacture.
The Kenyan Collection beaded collars are wearable works of art imported from Kenya by JMS Ventures, Inc., a small US owned company committed to helping introduce quality Kenyan products to the Western market.
Maasai women, “the mamas,” do the design work using suggested color combinations. The beaded leather is then backed with a second piece of leather using water resistant glue and stitching to protect the design and make it comfortable for your dog. Buckles are hand cast from recycled brass. The collars are as durable as they are beautiful, and can be worn by even the most active dogs.
Beading is a cultural tradition of the Maasai people. As the market increases for these high quality collars, they find it profitable to pass those skills to the younger generation who might otherwise abandon the traditional Maasai lifestyle to provide for their families by working in the city.
The average income in Kenya is about $2,000 a year, and 40% of Kenyans are unemployed. We have seen firsthand that when opportunity provides hope and brings stability in one region, it can impact peace worldwide.
In addition to dog collars and leads, the collection offers browbands for horses, and belts, bracelets, and leather bags for people. The accessories come in the same vibrant colors as the pet collection and are skillfully crafted by the same artisans
JMS Ventures, the American company behind the Kenyan Collection is owned by Joan Schultz. She is frequently asked if the company is a non-profit because of its mission to provide employment for Kenyan artisans. We are not a non-profit because our Kenyan business partners felt that would imply we are a charity rather than a viable business with quality products that successfully compete in the global marketplace. Operating expenses are kept to a minimum in the US to ensure the profit goes back to the Kenyan artisans.