Markets and the Alteration of Beads in West Africa

Francis Jr., Peter
March 1993
Ornament;Spring93, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p96
The article focuses on the changes made on beads in bead markets in West Africa. It states that grinding is the most common way to alter beads. In some cases, the original pattern of the bead is not appreciated and is ground off, like in Ghana, where the stripes were removed from the opaque yellow cylinder of the "mota" bead. It mentions that another way of altering a bead's appearance is by cooking it. It relates that cooking "koli" beads alters their color and makes them opaque.


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