House of Talents
Multi Strand Bead Necklace
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.
This multi-strand colorful seed-glass bead necklace features striking conical wax bronze collars near the double hook clasp. The
Artisan who makes this product
Kati – A celebration of beads
Once upon a long time, she immigrated to Ghana from Hungary as a 20 year old bride with her Ghanaian husband. They settled in a small town in the Eastern region of Ghana, where her husband taught at a secondary school. While she did not speak the local dialect, Kati nevertheless ventured to the marketplace, a vibrant and bustling place where trade was conducted through the fine arts of bargaining and negotiation. There, she found a new language that she could speak in common with many of the women of the marketplace. The language? Beads! Curious and ready to learn, she formed an instant bond with the local community by earnestly learning about the beads and buying them from the marketplace’s women. As with the serendipitous discoveries in life that happen when we are busy looking for bigger and better things, beads unexpectedly became a central part of Kati’s. She had found an outlet for her creative spirit, a self-expression of the new culture she was imbuing and a bond with the people she now considered family.
Meet Kati; whose jewelry pieces is art defined by her cross cultural existence, sense for nature's beauty, a deep knowledge of bead history and her love of Ghanaian culture. She is quick to say Ghana has done well for her, but we also know how well she also has served Ghana, taking Ghanaian bead culture from a purely ceremonial stage to the lights and exposure of fashion’s stage.
Kati currently has 12 employees, some of who have overcome disabilities such as deafness and amputation to pursue their art and self-realization. While she does not seek specifically to employ people with disabilities, she does embrace individuals who are willing to work hard and who might otherwise find it difficult to find work in the labor market. This is one corner of the world where individual stories such as these continue to inspire us. We will be bringing more news to you from Kati’s corner along with other inspiring stories from around the world.