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Beads In Africa

Where Beads Are Loved: Ghana, West Africa

By Pete Francis. Includes: Arab and European trade, altering beads, powder-glass beads, and Aggrey and Bodom. Four color plates with beadmakers and over 200 beads.

From Where Beads are Loved. The late Elizabeth Bruce in 1990 at the age of 91. She remembers walking from her village of Teshie with her grandmother to the market of Accra to sell beads. She figures the women of the family have been selling beads for 150 years. Accra eventually swallowed up Teshie. In 1912 the family moved to the old James Town area and built a home they named Teshie House. It has been a major bead supplier since.

Elizabeth is demonstrating how to heat-alter European beads to make Koli Beads. Altering beads is an old and crucial practice in West Africa often done by dealers as a service to their customers.

1992, B+P 2 ISBN 0-910995-15-X, 32 pp. + 4 color plates. -- $14.95

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The following Margaretologist issues also have articles on beads in Africa:

1(2) Beads in West Africa, Early 17th Century. Beads from the Bones of the Dead. Buy It

3(1) Beads in Ghana: Arab Trade. European Trade. Teshi House. Powder-Glass. Buy It

3(2) Beads in Ghana: Aggrey. Bodom. Uses of Beads in Ghana. Buy It

4(2) Some Thoughts on the Bead Trade (International Bead Conference II address) Buy It

6(1) History of Swarovski Cut Crystal. Bead Altering as a Cultural Expression (Africa, Southeast Asia). Buy It

7(1) Bead Sample Cards. Gooseberry Beads in the Slave Trade. Grants, Alert. Buy It

8(1) Beads from a Wrecked Slave Ship. Beads from Medieval Old Cairo (Fustat). Buy It

11(2) The Venetian Glass Bead Story, Part 1: History Plates here. Buy It

12(1) The Venetian Glass Bead Story, Part 2: The Beads Plates here.Buy It

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