House of Talents

Crocheted Bead Necklace

$39

This multi-strand necklace features large and small colorful recycled glass beads.  The beads are elegantly knotted into a single color thread, emphasizing the varying bead sizes and colors.

Beads form an integral part of the Ghanaian culture; worn to celebrate many occasions among them the celebration of a new birth, adolescence, mourning the dead or to inquire answers from the ancestors, it is at once mythical and also for adornment.  The material used vary. Some of the common materials used but not restricted to are: stone, bone, glass, clay, rock, plastic, coconut shells, sea shells, brass, seeds or wood.

Give me a bead that's wrapped in joy
Find me a bead to carry my grief
We sing of beads, and sing with beads
Just see how well they show on us.
~ Ama Atta Aidoo (Ghana: Where the Bead Speaks)

Aidoo, A. A. (2011). Ghana: Where the Bead Speaks (p.34). Ghana: Foundation for Contemporary Art.

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