Did you know that we used to run an ink-and-paper newsletter called “The Beadazzled Beadstringer”? Its issues span the early 90s and cover topics from collecting to amulet meaning to then-current beading events.
Although these vintage Beadazzled articles recall a different era, they still offer highly relevant stories and information. For instance, our September 1992 “Out of Africa” issue makes for a great read in light of our upcoming African Trunk Show!
Read on to learn the story of beads and adornment across the African continent — a history that includes long treks across the Sahara, legends of “gold [that] grows in the sand,” and an international bead trade whose legacy continues to shape our world today.