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In Tanzania, we went to a Maasai Women's Beading Cooperative, near Tarangire National Park. The women quickly selected bracelets and placed several on our arms while we two shoppers looked around. Chatting and laughing with each other, it wasn't long before we joined them. They are quite the sales team.
Our guide also wondered why they all weighed in on prices. Finally, at the end, he learned that each woman used a certain color or combination of beads in the hook closure on the bracelet. They knew who made what we wanted to buy, and who had a say in the deal. He was impressed. Through this discovery, we were able to find out which of the women made the items we bought (more chatting and laughing all around).
Now are are ready for the photo. Then, they asked if wanted to buy what we were wearing.