Ghana beads: a story of art and culture

Beads are both treasured and revered in the Ghanaian culture. The sounds of the beads when clicking together connect communities all over the planet.  

Photography by Royal Pixels

Photography by Royal Pixels

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.

Photography by Royal Pixels

Photography by Royal Pixels

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!

Photography by Royal Pixels

Photography by Royal Pixels

Photography by Royal Pixels

Photography by Royal Pixels

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.”

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Photography by Royal Pixels

For every bead lover wanting to know more on the life of beads in Ghana, you can read Ghana: Where The Bead Speaks.

Photography by Royal Pixels

Photography by Royal Pixels

More fascinating and vibrant beads please! 

Photography by Royal Pixels

Photography by Royal Pixels

Photography by Royal Pixels

Photography by Royal Pixels

Photography by Royal Pixels

Photography by Royal Pixels

3 Comments

  1. Jamil Ogde
    September 29, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    Beautiful story! Tell me more.

  2. Carol O
    September 29, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Love the beads accessories.
    The colors are so vibrant and will definitely pop with any outfit.

  3. LouiseMillen
    October 1, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Thank you, Jamil. I may write another one on beads in the near future.
    Carol, aren’t they just vibrant and colorful? I love them all!

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