Beads are a fundamental part of African heritage. Not only do they testify to the vibrancy of African creativity, but they also play a significant role in the history, rituals and culture. The exact origin of beads is a hotly-debated topic. However, archaeologists have confirmed that the craft of bead making, especially in Ghana, goes back thousands of years. Some of the uses of beads in Africa are for the celebration of festivals, Artistic expression, Fashion statement etc.

Over the past decades, many locals began to consider beads as slightly old-fashioned. Luckily, their popularity is growing again. They are getting more and more attention among collectors, jewelry makers, and everyone who loves and appreciates their captivating beauty – in and outside of Africa.

The history and heritage of African beads are also protected by Africans. The first of its kind in Africa, the society is dedicated to recording, preserving and promoting the culture of African beads. visit for more

Below are some images of African beads:


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