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Krobo Powder Glass Slices Flat-Ended Beads

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Other Names Star or rosetta beads
Type of Object Powder glass beads
People Krobo
Made In Ghana
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Late 20th century
Overall Condition Good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair some minor surface scratches
Bead Size 7 mm diameter. Please see picture with ruler for size comparison.
Strand Length 28 inches (including string/raffia)
Brand Unbranded
Style Krobo
Type Strand of beads.

This strand is not intended to be a ready-to-wear necklace. Although the strand can be worn "as is," the raffia holding it together is not durable and may break with use. For this reason, we recommend that you restring the beads before wearing them.

Picture is an example, yours will be similar.

Krobo beads are a type of African bead that is made from recycled glass. They are produced by the Krobo people of Ghana, who have been making beads for centuries. The beads are made from powdered glass that is melted and molded into various shapes and sizes.

The process of making Krobo beads begins with the collection of glass bottles and jars. These are cleaned and crushed into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle. The powder is then poured into clay molds and heated in a furnace until it melts into a molten state. The molten glass is then cooled slowly to create a solid bead.

Krobo beads come in a variety of colors, including blue, green, red, yellow, and black. They are often decorated with intricate designs and patterns that are created by layering different colors of glass powder. The beads are used in traditional African jewelry and clothing, and they are also popular in the global fashion industry.

Krobo beads are a symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Ghana and the African continent as a whole. They are also a testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Krobo people, who have found a way to turn recycled glass into beautiful and functional works of art.