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About the Beads

Global Mamas uses beads that are handcrafted by the Global Mamas Krobo Bead Cooperative from the small town of Odumase-Krobo in Ghana’s Eastern Region. Here, many of the Krobo locals engage in making beads from their own homes. Bead making is a craft that has been passed down through the generations.

Styles of the Krobo Bead

There are four main styles that the bead makers use. These styles include clear/translucent beads, powdered glass beads, painted glass beads, and seed beads. Each has their own unique attributes.

Beads in Krobo

The origin of beads in Krobo is largely debated due to limited archaeological evidence. Today, the main manufacturing area of glass beads is in Ghana. The majority of beads in Ghana are made in by the Ashanti and Krobo people in the Krobo region. Beads still play a very prevalent role in modern Krobo culture. For example, beads are used in ceremonies of birth, coming of age, marriage, or death and are generously displayed in festivals and parades.

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