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Chevron Glass Beads

Chevron Glass Beads

Chevron beads, made of molten glass and glass canes were first created by glass bead makers in Italy, Venica and Murano towards the end of the 14th century. 

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By the 15th century, Chevron beads were introduced and heavily traded in West Africa by Dutch merchants and are valued immensely in present day Africa. They are used for jewellery (necklaces, bracelets) which are worn for prestigious and ceremonial events. 

The most popular Chevron beads in Africa have several layers often in yellow, green, red, blue, white or black. 

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By the 18th century, the demand for Chevron beads increased in Africa especially in the West. The increased demand led to a variety of new designs with some up to 12 layers of longer lengths and brighter colours all produced in different parts of Africa. 

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Patrick Sarpong

Patrick Sarpong

Today, you can find Chevron bead necklaces, bracelets and anklets all over Africa and the world! These lovely beads are a part of so many different cultures worldwide! 

The Chevron beads are definitely a KANGA Fave!  

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 Next time you are at your local market be sure to ask around for Chevron beads! Purchase one or two and adorn your body. Kanga loves! 

The Samburu Tribe of Kenya

The Samburu Tribe of Kenya

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Focus China - Chocolate City