House of Talents
This four-strand bold multi color necklace is masterfully handcrafted from strands of cotton threads; recycled glass beads are randomly inserted, and fastened with hook and eye lost wax bronze.
Measures: 19"L x 2"W
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.