Beads: An Exploration of Bead Traditions around the World

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Featuring thirty step-by-step projects to help readers create replicas of authentic traditional beaded jewelry, this richly illustrated book explores the international traditions of beads with great style and insight. Including examples of the most beautiful, rare, and imaginative beads made around the globe, and written by the two leading experts in the field, Beads shows us that these endlessly fascinating ornaments have played a significant role in all cultures and throughout history. The lucid, accessible ...
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Featuring thirty step-by-step projects to help readers create replicas of authentic traditional beaded jewelry, this richly illustrated book explores the international traditions of beads with great style and insight. Including examples of the most beautiful, rare, and imaginative beads made around the globe, and written by the two leading experts in the field, Beads shows us that these endlessly fascinating ornaments have played a significant role in all cultures and throughout history. The lucid, accessible text by Janet Coles and Robert Budwig, authors of the hugely successful Book of Beads, begins by explaining the fascinating ways these ornaments are made and used - from nuts and seeds simply strung onto necklaces to the most technically complex examples of handblown glass or elaborately chased silver. Organized by geographic region, the book discusses the diversity of beads and beadmaking techniques from around the world, illustrated with more than 350 specially commissioned color photographs that show the extraordinary texture and color of the world's most beautiful examples. The process of creating certain beads is also discussed, and striking photos of people wearing beads according to their customs are included, an approach that places production, wearing, and selling into a present-day cultural context. The beadmaking traditions of Europe and the Middle East are first explored, including Baltic amber, Czech and Venetian glass, English jet, Yemeni silverwork, and more. The authors then move on to Africa, where locally made beads as well as trade pieces are explored, including wonderful examples from the Masai, the Zulu, and from Egypt. Next, the Indian subcontinent reveals a treasure-trove of wonderful beads, including the bone beads of the Naga people, lac work from Jaipur, and Afghan lapis lazuli. In the Far East and Southeast Asia, silverwork from Bali and Thailand, cloisonne from China, and pearls from Japan are presented. Finally, in the Americas
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  • ISBN-13: 9780684834627
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.27 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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