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Beads: An Exploration of Bead Traditions…

Beads: An Exploration of Bead Traditions Around the World

by Janet Coles

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The author is an expert on the history and use of beads around the world, and this book is a treasure for anyone who loves beads, ethnic jewelry, or world cultures. It is literally a trip around the world, concise by necessity yet substantial, examining bead-related customs and even beadmaking techniques. The book is crammed with stunning pictures of people wearing traditional jewelry, artisans at work, maps locating bead types, and finished pieces. Every other spread presents a project from the part of the world examined. Each is based on an existing piece and the author has tried to reproduce or approximate the original technique.

This is not, therefore, a book to learn a variety of beading techniques (many are simply the string-and-knot type), but an introduction to different cultures' approach to jewelry making, design choices and preferred materials. What the projects require is not skill so much as the appropriate beads, which can be quite exotic (praise heavens for online bead shops). As far as I'm concerned the DIY projects are secondary to the research and tremendous inspiration World Beads provides for both jewelrymaking and illustration. And if I haven't made that clear enough: the book is plain gorgeous.

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  joumanamedlej | Sep 17, 2007 |
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Beads have played a significant role in many cultures throughout history. Variously an elegant form of adornment, a convenient kind of currency, and a talismanic charm for bringing luck or warding off evil, beads provide an unusually rich entree into the social and artistic traditions of societies from ancient times to the present.

This stunningly illustrated, elegant book by the two leading authorities on this enormously popular craft explores the extraordinary diversity of beads and bead artifacts from around the world -- from nuts and seeds simply strung into necklaces to sophisticated glass baubles from Venice, intricate silver filigree from India, painted porcelain and jade-carving from China, and the intriguing batik bone beads of central Africa.

For craft lovers who would like to try their hand at fashioning some of the magnificent pieces shown, Janet Coles and Robert Budwig -- authors of the highly successful The Book of Beads -- provide step-by-step instructions for 30 authentic beaded objects, from belts, earrings, and purses to a stunning collar necklace straight from ancient Egypt.

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