Beads: an exploration of bead traditions around the world
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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