In the Pokot society of northern Kenya, body adornments are visual indicators of power, wealth and status within the community.
This finely beaded neck adornment and matching apron would have been given as a gift to a new bride by her husband, and proudly worn as a symbol of prestige and wealth.
Striped bands of brightly coloured beads have been woven throughout the apron. Two strands of larger beads, attached to the top of the apron, loop over the shoulders and serve as a support. Similarly, vividly-coloured larger beads frame the outer edges of the matching neck adornment.
Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century