They are often small, decorative objects formed in a variety of shapes and sizes. Materials include stone, bone, shell, glass, plastic, wood and pearls with small holes for threading or stringing.
Curators at the Museum of International Folk Art call glass beads "the ultimate migrants. Where they start out is seldom where they end up. "
Considering how as they travel around the world, lending themselves to regional interpretation (and use), they continue to be a source of knowledge, cultural expression, and highly prized items of adornment.
Beadwork Adorns the World is a special museum exhibit that runs through February 3,2019 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The focus is about what happens to the beads when they do arrive at their final destination- Africa, Borneo, Burma, Mexico, etc.
What do people do with them? How do they make them into items of clothing, jewelry, and more. The results often reveal important information about the makers and users.
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