As modern fashion trends go, you can’t talk fashion without mentioning jewellery, particularly beads, (which is originally coined from the word, “Bede” a Middle English word for prayer). Thousands of years ago, jewellery, in the form of beads, was restricted to North America. It was made or shaped from animal bones, ivories, teeth, insects and even plants. Now technology has long taken over and beadwork (the art of making beads) has become an attractive piece of craft to engage in. Yes, beadwork is now a source of income for many countries. For example, Ghana is loosely referred to as the Bead Production Capital of the World, mainly since the Krobo tribe there patronize (waist) beads to showcase a girl coming of age (puberty) for their famous Dipo rites.
Sea shells may remain the commonest material for hand – made beads but they can also be made from several precious stones as well as from items as common as plant seeds. In some African countries, beads are used as a form of protection. Amulets, for instance, made of cowries are worn for such purpose. Mind you, it is not only in African countries that people use beaded jewellery for protection or as amulets. In some Asian countries, for instance, the Dzi beads are known to have a supernatural myth surrounding it; And according to Wikipedia, these Dzi beads, (pronounced “zee”) are types of stone beads of uncertain origin worn as part of a necklace and sometimes as a bracelet, and also considered to provide positive spiritual benefit in several Asian cultures. These Dzi beads are generally prized as protective amulets.
In Southern European countries, it will interest you to know that there is an ongoing practice whereby blue colored beads are hooked to a bride’s clothing to prevent bad luck. Jewelry, right all the way from Ancient Egypt has come to stay. Jewelry is not used for the above listed purposes alone, but are now used to enhance beauty, status, power and personal adornment.
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