Bead making

African beads refer to both what is locally produced and trade beads that are in circulation, originally used as a form of currency, with a history that is tens of thousands of years old. Beads play an enormous role in culture, fashion, economy and in the artistic expression of African people.

Beads continue to play a role in many traditional rites and ceremonies such as coming-of-age, marriage, burial, and local festivals. Furthermore, bead making is often a trade passed down in families.