Beaded costumes designed for the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans by artist and educator Big Chief Demond Melancon were on show at London’s V&A museum for London Design Festival.
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African trade beads came about as a result of the need for traders along the route between Europe and Africa for a currency to trade with the Africans. Beads fitted here as the most appropriate medium of exchange due to the affinity that African people had for various types of beads.
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African trade beads originated from Europe and were in the past used for trading purposes in Africa in the period between the 17th century and the early 20th century. Before the abolition of slavery, these beads were historically used by chiefs as currency in exchange for slaves, as well as gold and ivory. African trade beads were also popular amongst the African men and women of social standing as they were also a symbol of wealth.
Sharing her photos on Twitter, Mofeoluwa added the caption: “ladies, how about that waist bead thread?”.
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Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Joel Maina Kairu with some of the MCAS in African attire. Mr Kairu has amended the Speaker’s rule which now allows ward reps to wear Kenyan made attire on Wednesdays.