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Krobo Beads Powder Glass Rectangular Ghana Africa 30 Inch

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Title Krobo Beads Powder Glass Rectangular Ghana Africa 30 Inch
Type of Object Recycled "powder" glass
People Krobo
Made In Ghana
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age 20th century
Overall Condition Good to Fair. 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 Chips and pitting.
Bead Size 8-10 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19 mm diameter).
Strand Length 30 inches (including string/raffia).

Picture is an example. Yours will be similar.

Additional information: For more information, please see our comprehensive guide to African-made beads, African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, hardcover, 216 pages, 163 color photographs, available from Africa Direct.

In Ghana, Krobo artisans grind recycled glass (from old bottles, jars) to a fine powder. The powder is formed in a kaolin-covered clay mold which uses a cassava leaf stem to make the center hole. The beads are then fired in an oven and as the glass hardens, the cassava leaf burns up. After they’re cooled, the beads are often decorated with dyes or paints before being washed, then strung thru the void left by the burned cassava.