Beading Instinct

The craft of beading has been around in all ages and in all places…Actually, using beads to create patterned objects through the meditative practices of beading appear near instinctual. The roots are most likely to be found in the urge for adornment, stemming from the the very simple driving force of human vanity.

Wonderful pieces of beading craft is featured in the section for The Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. Being a bead-o-holic, I was especially drawn to pieces of eye candy from the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Iowa…With my contemporary outlook on beads (today most often used for personal adornment in the forms of bracelets and the like) these stunning examples feels like ”hacks”…Yet, some more reflection makes me realize that my ”hack” notion simply reflect a collective lost memory of this mode of human expression, so universally visually powerful and recognizable.

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