2017-009: African Trade Bead Mandalas

Vintage African Trade Beads - source: AfricanTradeBeads.com
Antique and Ancient Trade Beads
source: AfricanTradeBeads.com

This Week’s Theme: Beads

I found this intriguing collection of ancient trade beads on AfricanTradeBeads.com, a small English company specializing in the collection and supply of African trade beads, jewelry, and artefacts which they personally find in the countries of West Africa. Check out all the different patterns and bead styles in this collection; they make for great doodle ideas. I particularly like the black and white ones.

From AfricanTradeBeads.com:

Many of the old beads were made in Europe and India and transported to West Africa initially by Arab traders, overland from North Africa. From around 500 years ago, the European traders in their sailing ships used beads as currency to purchase gold, ivory and palm oil etc. on the triangular trading routes from Europe to West Africa then onto the West Indies, to return with produce from the plantations.

Inspiration for Today

To find in ourselves what makes life worth living is risky business, for it means that once we know we must seek it. It also means that without it life will be valueless. ~ Marsha Sinetar

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen

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