The Life of Beads in Ghana

Ghana: Where The Bead Speaks

cover of book The full color, 106 page book named ‘Ghana: Where the Bead Speaks’ combines poetic reflections on
beads in Ghanaian society by the most famous African woman writer, Ama Ata Aidoo and an essay by
professor of African Studies at University of Ghana, Esi Sutherland-Addy.  The book design was coordinated
by bead expert Kati Torda, owner of Sun Trade Beads. This book is an absolute 'must read' for every bead
lover and  is a vibrant and articulate testament to Ghana's incredible bead culture.  Beads are a fascinating
and important part of our culture and heritage; they are an expression of the creativity and aesthetic of our
people.  Discover a fascinating history of the beads in Ghana and the role of beads in our society.   The book
is available for purchase at the Sun Trade shop and outside Ghana  from The African Fabric Shop.
Book Reviews:

First lady launches book on beads in Koforidua

AllAfrica- Ghana: 'Where the Bead Speaks'

Review by Mrs. Frances Ademola

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Kati Torda's Interview on CNN

CNN Interview

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EnjoyTV - Sun Trade Beads & the Tet Bead Making

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A Colourful Beaded History

A Colourful Beaded History

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Controlling the Fire, The Value of the Bead: Beauty and Personhood
in Contemporary Ghana

Controlling the Fire

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World on a String

World on a String

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The Ghana Bead Society

The Society intends to establish a permanent bead collection in Ghana, along with a bead reference library. Among its other aims, the society wants to produce and publish an encyclopedia of the beads which are found, traded and made in Ghana. This encyclopedia will include the names, sources, and usage of various beads in order to maintain the heritage of them before they disappear into obscurity or to other continents.  They also aim to encourage local bead production, and to seek contact with other bead societies, bead historians and collectors.

Ghana Bead Society