Saturday, June 15, 2013
Why go to Ghana with Cross Cultural Collaborative?
Besides being beautiful beads have significance. In Ghana recycled glass beads are most associated with the Krobo. From birth to death beads are important in their journey through life. When a Krobo child is born a bead is tied around their wrist. When the child's father cuts the bead he is claiming paternity and then the child is given a name.
A much publicized Krobo ceremony is the Dipo. A ceremony taking girls from childhood to adulthood. After the Dipo they can get married. During Dipo the girls are covered with beads, either from the family collection or rented for the occassion.
Yellow, red and brown beads are considered a sign of maturity.
Even people who claim that they are not shoppers buy a lot of beads when they get to the market. If you don't, you will be the first.