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About this Workshop


In this Workshop, Learners will make beautiful rings out crystal and glass beads.

Beads are treasured and revered in Ghanaian culture, as they play a significant role in the rites and customs of its people, their use going beyond mere self-expression.  The majority of beads in Ghana are made by the Ashanti and Krobo people, in the Krobo region.  Beads still play a very prevalent role in modern Krobo culture. For example, beads are used in ceremonies of birth, coming of age, marriage, or death and are generously displayed in festivals and parades.  

Among the Asante's culture, where I'm from, mothers present waist beads to their daughters to mark their coming of age or first menses, protection, seduction and wealth.  Traditionally, multiple strands of colored beads made from glass beads are worn around a woman's waist to draw attention and enhance her femininity.  When stones are added, waist beads take on healing qualities. Depending on the ailment or what needs to be enhanced (i.e. love, psychic powers, balancing), various semi-precious stones can be included in the design of waist beads.  

These Ghanian waist beads, which are one of the most commonly replicated items of personal adornment worn by Ghanaian people, is where the inspiration for these rings emerged.  While the majority of beads produced in Ghana are used for celebrations and festivals, others as spiritual objects, or even as a trading currency in times past, these rings are mostly used as a fashion accessory. I had the idea about ten years ago, when I thought to myself after making my first waist beads, if I could make beads around my waist, then why not my finger?  It was then that the design for these rings was born.  Over the past decade, many locals began to consider beads as slightly old-fashioned.  Crystal and glass beads have successfully changed that notion, as they appear more fashionable and modern.

I look forward to meeting you, and to making some pretty beaded rings together!


What You'll Need

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Beaded Rings from Ghana GLOkit

This GLOkit contains: twine, crystal and glass beads, and a cutter.

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A small shallow dish or bowl to place the beads into.

Technical Requirements

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Meet the Instructor

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Abena Saamah-NtiView Profile

Hello guys, my name is Abena, and I am privileged to be your Instructor!   I am from Ghana, a country in west Africa.  What I love most about Ghana are the people.  Traditionally, visitors are honored and pampered, no matter the cost.  The warmth and feeling of belonging shown by the people is truly remarkable.  I myself am a bubbly person, who loves hanging out with friends, and always happy to make new ones!  Join me in this Workshop, and let's have fun while making these beautiful beaded rings together. 

I started making beadwork at a very young age in Ghana, as beads are deeply rooted in Ghanian culture and are traditionally used during rites of passage and for ceremonies.  I realized making things with my hand is really fulfilling at age 8 and I never stopped, from using orange peels to make necklaces, to fixing my own acrylic nails, to making my own rings.  Since many consider beads as slightly old-fashioned, I wanted to change that notion whilst exposing my country's beautiful craft in fashionable ways.  

Today I work as a beauty therapist, while continuing my beadwork to create jewelry, handbags and even beaded slippers!  I also love to work with our local fabric, kente, which only comes from Ghana.  I am happy that through GLOMADO, I am able to share my culture and my craft with you!


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Beaded Rings from Ghana