Hello friends, I hope the weekend has been grand and you are all ready for another week! Do you ever wear red on Mondays? I don’t know where I picked it up from but I always try to wear something red on Monday in the belief that its gives me a powerful boost of energy. So what better way to wear red than with these new pieces from the Trade Bead Collection.
Trade bead is the name given to beads that were produced mostly in Venice but also in Czechoslovakia and Germany and were subsequently used for trade in the African continent. Venetian bead production started as early as the 17th (with some historians saying that it is possible it may have started in the 16th) but the exportation of beads was at its height in the 19th century. These beads were used as currency with different countries favoring one kind of bead design over the other.
These beads were first packed in Europe in barrels or crates for the long journey by sea then subsequently carried in camel caravans across the dusty deserts till they reached their final destination in the various African kingdoms. Some beads even made their way even further, traveling across the Pacific before landing in Asia.
I love working with these beads. They’ve travelled so far before coming into my hands. I imagine what stories they would tell if they could just talk. And I feel that its but another stop with me before they make their way once more into another person’s life.
These pieces are now available in the shop!