Beads of Life: Eastern and Southern African Beadwork from Canadian Collections

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Canadian Museum of Civilization, Jan 1, 2005 - Architecture - 185 pages

Beads of Life explores the ornamental beadwork of eastern and southern Africa, through pieces found in the collections of several Canadian museums and universities. The author examines the functions and meanings of traditional beadwork and looks at the socio-religious principles upon which many aesthetic choices were based. The book also describes materials used in traditional clothing and adornments before the arrival of glass beads, materials that both provided protection to the wearer and indicated social status. The book concludes with an examination of contemporary beadwork, particularly as seen through the eyes of Canadians from eastern and southern Africa.

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Materials of Early Ornament and Clothing
Glass Beads and Colour Interpretation

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About the author (2005)

Marie-Louise Labelle was guest curator of the Beads of Life: Eastern and Southern African Adornments exhibition presented at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

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