This Dictionary of Beads is a labor of love and a work in progress.We welcome your comments and suggestions through the Contact Us link.Adjagba typically have a yellow or ochre matrix with a grainy texture, which is decorated with longitudinal stripes, often twisted into spirals, in black, blue, green, brown, or red.Occasionally the beads are further embellished with spots, circles, or equatorial bands.Select from the blue alphabet to jump to the letter you want in the Dictionary, but give the file a little time to load first.To get back to the top and select another letter use Control Home (or Command Home on Macs).The designs are made by funneling contrasting colors of powdered glass into the mold or inserting pre-formed glass elements.Adjagba beadsespecially older onesare treasured by the Krobo and worn on important occasions, such as the Dipo ceremony.
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See Also: Bauxite Beads Also called azagba, zagba, or adjaba, these large powder glass beads are made by the Krobo people of Ghana.
Usually formed in clay molds, the beads measure up to 5 cm long and range from nearly cylindrical to barrel shaped, and sometimes biconical.
Abalone is a marine mollusk of the genus Haliotis with worldwide distribution.
Species native to California coastal waters produce beautiful blue- and green-hued iridescent nacre.
See Also: Mother-of-Pearl Pearls Shell Beads This Hausa term for bauxite beads is widely used by West Africa traders.