Beads are both treasured and revered in the Ghanaian culture. The sounds of the beads when clicking together connect communities all over the planet.
Colors like candy. Patterns and designs traditionally made of seeds, pieces of wood, shells, stones, bones or modern materials like recycled glass and plastics, formed, polished and pierced to be strung and used as bodily adornments or as decoration for other objects.
These valuable objects of material culture play a significant role in some of the most important aspects of Ghanaian personal and communal life. Hand-crafted beads are symbols of beauty, desire, influence, spirituality, and power. Did you know they were also once used as currency to trade and purchase gold and spices?
There is a myth associated with wearing beads consistently over time, and that is it gives the wearer an hourglass figure. If only this wasn’t a myth!
The truth is that beads are important tools for communication, used to express ideas, messages and symbolism through the language of color. The bead revival is an imagery of “sankofa” which means “go back and retrieve what you’ve left behind.”
For every bead lover wanting to know more on the life of beads in Ghana, you can read Ghana: Where The Bead Speaks.
More fascinating and vibrant beads please!