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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Library: Books about beads in Africa

We recommend these books about beads:

The Bead is Constant
Alexandra Wilson

This book introduces the reader to beads in Ghana through the histories of living people who wear, trade or produce beads.

The History of Beads: From 100,000 B.C. to the Present, Revised and Expanded Edition
Lois Sherr Dubin

The authoritative work on beads all around the world form 30,000 BC to the present. Sections both on African beads and beads traded with Africa and including a timeline of all beads showing the evolution of beads in Africa.

Beads and Beadwork of West and Central Africa (Shire ethnography)
Margret Carey

The historical background, design and technique of bead work in West and Central Africa.

Beads and Beadwork of East and South Africa (Shire ethnography)
Margret Carey

Beads of the World: A Collector's Guide With Revised Price Reference (A Schiffer Book for Collectors)
Peter Francis Jr

By the recently deceased world renowned expert on beads, this book covers both technique and design of beads around the world including in Africa and for Africa.

Beads: An Exploration on Bead Traditions Around the World
Janet Coles

The definitive book on the history of beads and bead-making techniques--with more than 350 full-color photos and step-by-step instructions for creating 30 beautiful, authentic beaded objects from a variety of world cultures.

Collectible Beads: A Universal Aesthetic (Beadwork Books)
Robert K Liu

Covering beads from many parts of the world with a section on African beads and beads traded with Africa.

Glass Beads from Europe: With Value Guide (A Schiffer Book for Collectors)
Sibylle Jargstorf

Although documenting the European glass bead industry, this book shows the design and economic links with Africa as well as the roots of the European glass industry in African beadmaking.

Chevron and Nueva Cadiz Beads (Beads from the West African Trade, Volume VII)
John Picard, Ruth Picard

The best reference work on chevrons and nueva cadiz beads that exists. Amply illustrated and packed with information.

Millefiori Beads from the West African Trade (Beads from the West African Trade, Vol VI)
John Picard, Ruth Picard
This book offers a comprehrensive insight in the colourful world of the many types beads used in the trade with West Africa. With about 3000 diffrent colour combinations of glass beads.

Russian Blues: Faceted and Fancy Beads for the West African Trade
John Picard, Ruth Picard
Again, the best reference available on Russian blues and other faceted trade beads.

John Picard, Ruth Picard
Another definative bead reference book.

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