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African Trade Beads

African Trade Beads

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History : African Trade Beads As early as the 15th century, European explorers brought African trade beads with them as the world’s first global currency. The intricate patterns and luminous depth of color in these glass beads create an irresistible allure to people all over the world.

I first saw African trade beads in an ethnic trading shop in SoHo- New York City- in the early 1980’s. Over the years, I gathered them which lead to my extensive collection. On one of my visits to Japan, I had the opportunity to learn kumihimo, the ancient art of Asian knotting. It was a natural connection for me to combine African trade beads with kumihimo. This is a reflection of my experience of East meets West

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