Dark Blue Krobo "Recycled" Powder Glass Trade Beads Ruth Flynn Collection
Krobo beads, crafted by the Krobo people of Ghana, are a type of African bead made from recycled glass. With a history spanning centuries, the bead-making process involves collecting glass bottles, crushing them into a fine powder, and molding the powdered glass into various shapes and sizes. The clay molds filled with glass powder are heated until the glass melts into a molten state and then slowly cooled to form solid beads. These beads, available in colors like blue, green, red, yellow, and black, often feature intricate designs created by layering different colors of glass powder. Widely used in traditional African jewelry and clothing, Krobo beads have also gained popularity in the global fashion industry. Beyond their aesthetic value, Krobo beads symbolize Ghana's rich cultural heritage and the resourcefulness of the Krobo people in transforming recycled glass into beautiful and functional works of art.
This strand is not intended to be a ready-to-wear necklace. Although the strand can be worn "as is," the string holding it together is not durable and may break with use. For this reason, we recommend that you restring the beads before wearing them.
Provenance: Ruth Flynn Collection
Africa Direct has bought a wonderful collection of beads and trade bead necklaces designed and made by Ruth Flynn. Ruth says, “I first fell in love with African beads when my middle child (of 5!) decided that at age 13 to spend a semester going to school in Bamako, Mali, and live with my sister who was there with the World Bank. Africa Direct provided so many opportunities for me to learn about beads and make my own necklaces. I wore African bead necklaces almost every day of my career as a lawyer in Washington, DC.”
Approximate Age: 20th Century
Made In: Africa