Kati Torda’s work is a celebration of the bead tradition in Ghana. Her artistry consists in recognizing the special energy and balance among different materials and colors and bringing them together into stunning compositions. She was born in Abaujszanto, Hungary on 19 May 1959 and moved to Ghana in 1979 with her then Ghanaian husband. She has resided in Ghana ever since. Kati Torda was first attracted to Ghanaian beads when she started incorporating them into the macramé projects she did to keep herself from becoming bored in the rural town of Akwatia where they first lived. Her search for new beads began to open her eyes to an aspect of Ghanaian culture she was not previously exposed to. Over the years, beads became a way for Kati to identify with the culture in Ghana in order to express herself and find acceptance by making a welcome contribution.
The first exhibition to showcase Kati Torda’s beads was held in 1985 in the Loom Gallery in Accra and since then her jewelry designs have been exhibited and sold not only in Ghana, but her native Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Canada, and the USA. She is often invited to talk about the cultural significance of beads in Ghanaian life, both in Ghana and abroad. Kati is one of the three founding members of the Ghana Bead Society (est. 1994), which was the first of its kind in Africa. The main purpose of the society is to promote an appreciation of the significance of beads in both traditional and contemporary Ghanaian culture. In addition, they aim to compile a bead encyclopedia of historical and contemporary beads in Ghana with cultural reference as to names, meanings, and how and when to wear each bead. Kati opened the Sun Trade Beads shop in 1996.