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Handmade African Trade Beads - Fancy Recycled Glass Krobo Beads

Handmade African Trade Beads - Fancy Recycled Glass Krobo Beads

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Introducing a stunning strand of new powder glass African beads, meticulously crafted by the skilled artisans of Kroboland in Ghana, West Africa. These beads beautifully imitate the intricate designs of old Venetian fancy trade beads.

  • Strand Length: Approximately 24" (61 cm)
  • Bead Size: 9 - 10 mm in diameter

Each bead is made from recycled bottles and other glass items, which are ground into a fine powder. This powder is then carefully molded to create these visually striking beads. The beads are 100% handmade, showcasing the dedication and expertise of the Krobo artisans.

YOUR STRAND WILL BE IDENTICAL TO THE STRAND SHOWN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH (GIVEN NORMAL VARIATION SINCE THESE BEADS ARE ALL COMPLETELY HANDMADE).

Crafting Techniques

The creation of these fancy glass beads involves a time-honored process practiced by the people of Krobo in Ghana. This technique highlights the importance of trade beads in Ghanaian and African culture. Once the beads are molded, they undergo an intricate decoration process. Artisans utilize a combination of glass fragments, powdered glass, and natural dyes to craft the intricate patterns and vibrant designs that set these beads apart.

Artisans may use metal or wooden tools to etch or paint detailed motifs onto the beads. Following decoration, the beads are fired in a kiln at high temperatures. This firing process fuses the glass powder and sets the designs in place, giving the beads their final, beautiful form.

Trade beads have played a significant role in African history, serving not only as decorative items but also as a medium of exchange. These beads are a testament to the rich cultural heritage and craftsmanship of the Krobo people.

Explore our collection of New African Krobo Glass Beads, or visit our Archives for sold African beads. Watch how Krobo beads are made in our YouTube video.

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