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Beads in Southeast Asia

Heirlooms of the Hills

This book is the first study of heirloom beads as a class among 14 minority groups in Southeast Asia. The dates and origins of the beads, how beads are used, their arrangements, maintaining collections and the meaning of the beads are all covered. The conclusions drawn here have wide implications for heirloom beads everywhere.

Left: Joseph Tabayac is heating brass scraps to pour into the mold sitting on the bicycle seat. He is an Ifugao artisan in the northern Philippines. He is making a very ancient form, used both for earrings and pendants.
(right) has been adopted as the logo for the Center for Bead Research.

1992, B+P 1 ISBN 0-910995-14-1, 32 pp., 4 color plates.-- $14.95

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The Type Collection of Beads in the Philippine National Museum

A detailed catalogue of every bead type excavated in the Philippines. This is the only nation-wide type collection of its kind and is an invaluable resource for those interested in beads in the region. It discusses the origins and trade of the beads. It is accompanied by a set of 12 color plates of all the beads in the collection drawn and photographed by
Rey Santiago of the
National Museum.

Left: A section of one of Rey's plates showing coil beads. They are wound beads, but look like little pieces of springs cut apart, thus Rey gave them their name. (Number 32 is not a coil bead.) My work in China and Southeast Asia established them as the most important Chinese glass trade beads. They are even common in East Africa. Their history is traced in Beads and the Bead Trade in Southeast Asia as well as in several issues of the Margaretologist.

1989, CCBR 5, 44 pp. + 12 color plates -- $19.95

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Beads and the Bead Trade in Southeast Asia

Archaeological research in The Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand reveal Indian, Muslim and Chinese imports and local production. This is the initial report, which was then the Indian Ocean Bead Trade Project. It will go out of print when the
Asian Maritime Bead Trade is published.

1989, CCBR 4, 35 pp., plate, map.-- $9.75

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The following issues of the Margaretologist also have articles on beads from Europe:

1(1) California Flower Beads. Chinese Beadmaker in Java. Chinese Bead Stringer. Buy It

2(2) Asian Maritime Bead Trade ca. 1st to 12th Centuries. Buy It

2(3) Beads in Southeast Asia. Beads in the Islamic World. Buy It

2(4) Etymology of "Bead." Baba Ghor. Ruby Red Glass. Takua Pa (Thailand) inscription. Buy It

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

5(1) Mutisalah. Pumtek. Indo-Pacific and Coil Beads. Buy It

5(2) Site X. Modern Millefiori. Southeast Asia. Buy It

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

6(2) South Indian Stone Beads. Glass Beads Technology Transfer in Southeast Asia. Buy It

8(2) Beads in Vietnam. Prehistoric Jade Working. Early Glassmaking. Buy It

10(2) Special Issue: Seed Beads, Palau Heirloom Beads

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11(1) Glass, Glass Analysis and the Analyses of Indo-Pacific beads

. Color plates for IE hereColor plated for NN here. Buy It

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