African Waist Beads: More Than Just A Fashion Statement

February 21, 2011

Synonymous with both fertility and feminism;  African waist beads are thought to originate among the Yoruba tribes of Africa – a significant proportion of the population of which, is now settled within Nigeria. Conversely, the tradition also extends to Western Africa, notably Ghana, where women perceive African waist beads to be both a sign of [...]

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Kenyan Designer Brings African Bead Fashion To The Runways of New York

February 20, 2011

2009 was a very big year for Kenya-born jewelry artist Nasimiyu Wekesa. Not only did she receive a feature-spread within several notable publications – she also enjoyed the exposure of her creations at New York’s ‘Couture’ Fashion Week that same year. Nasimiyu has been living in the United States for the past fifteen years, yet [...]

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African Glass Beads from West Africa

October 14, 2010

When I started this blog, I told you why I love African beads. Well, now I am going to tell you about some of the most beautiful African beads. West Africa is home to one of Africa’s largest beading industries. Ghana is known as one of the greatest producers of ethnic and tribal beads. Some [...]

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The Bead Chest undercuts DANNIJO’s Zula Trade Beads Price

August 24, 2010

On Monday evening, The Bead Chest, a leading retailer and wholesaler of African beads and trade beads, announced that it was undercutting DANNIJO’s price on Zula Trade Beads by over 90%. DANNIJO’s Zula Trade Beads made their debut in the August 2010 issue of Seventeen Magazine, worn by Barbados-American pop star Rihanna. DANNIJO priced three [...]

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Quick Guide to African Beads

March 11, 2010

African beads have been a source of exquisite beauty around the world for generations. The primary reason for this can be attributed to Africa’s diverse array of natural resources. The following are some common types of beads made from materials found in various parts of Africa. Seed and Nut beads are easy to find and [...]

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Millefiori Beads from the African Trade

January 11, 2010

Perhaps some of the most beautiful African beads are the Millefiori trade beads. These beads, known for their beautiful flower design, are sought after by collector’s around the world. Because Millefiori beads are all handmade, each and every bead is unique and one of a kind, making these beads extremely collectible. Millefiori beads have several [...]

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Beautiful black and white batik bone beads from africa

December 8, 2009

Some of the most beautiful bone beads come from Africa. African bone beads are very often dyed using a process known as batik. These Batik bone beads from Africa are beautiful when used in necklaces and even bracelets. Made in Ghana, Africa, batik bone beads are typically strung on raffia, but you can easily cut [...]

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How Krobo Beads are Made

November 17, 2009

When researching African beads, you will find that different styles and designs of beads originate and are produced in different parts of Africa. Krobo beads, also known as powder glass beads, are typically produced by craftsmen and women of Krobo and Ashanti tribes, living in Ghana. Krobo bead making is first documented in the 1920’s, [...]

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African Kazuri Beads in Kenya

October 19, 2009

Below is the transcription of a Youtube video I enjoyed which talked about African Kazuri beads in Kenya, and how the industry is doing there. The link to the original video is at the bottom of the post. Enjoy! ——————————————————————- If there is one thing that women love, it is to be different, to stand [...]

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African Love Beads

October 19, 2009

African love beads, also known as African Christmas beads or peace beads, are small colorful czech-made beads. They are inexpensive, and come in a few different sizes. Love beads are imported from Ghana, Africa, and symbolize peace and goodwill. Strands measure from 24″ to 48″. These beads are fun to play with. Each strand carries [...]

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