Bead around the bush…

On a recent field visit to Eastern Region, Ghana, I chanced upon a couple of families that made beads.

The woman was pounding glass bottles (I had no idea before I saw this that beads were crushed glass), while the man put the crushed glass into the cast and into the mud oven. Once baked, they were painted, sometimes polished a bit and transform into beautiful colourful beads. Of course the only un-surprising fact was that what they sold me for 3 cedis would cost nothing less than 15 in Accra. 

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