Yoruba beaded crowns – sublime beadwork

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Like the colour purple in Europe, beads were restricted to royalty in Africa.  Male bead artists with talent were sought out across the kingdom and brought into the palaces to work their magic.  Starched cotton was stretched over a basketry frame, and the intricate beadwork included motifs, colours and embellishments with spiritual significance.  Due to their fragility, few authentic examples of these exquisite crowns remain outside of museums, but the art continues and examples of this beautiful beadwork are abundant.

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And they’re no longer restricted to royalty, you can buy one on ebay.



South African writer, crafter and all round animal lover
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