|Vintage Bohemian and Czech glass trade beads, |
Nigerian brass, old Yemen silver, Ghana metal beads
That's rather a humbling thought. I feel like a facilitator in the ongoing "story" of these beads that were made far away and long ago. I think it's incredible that I can hold these bits of history in my hands and know that other hands made them, sent them off to Africa for trade, other hands received them and sold them or traded them for other goods. They've traveled farther than have I. And they're not done yet!
A number of years ago, I attended a historical bead exhibit at the Bowers Museum. They had a timeline displayed along the walls showing where different beads originated and where they traveled on the various trade routes of the world. Amazing!
These earrings, heady with history, are now available for purchase at www.birchbaykay.etsy.com.