Greetings Art Educators,
I have been buying African art and beads from Africa Direct for many
years. Today my book arrived, African Beads: Jewels of a Continent. It
is beautiful! This is a book produced by Africa Direct. Visit their
From their site:
African Beads: Jewels of a Continent is the first book dedicated
exclusively to African-made beads. In detailed chapters organized by
material (bone and shell, wood and amber, stone, metal, and glass)
authors Evelyn Simak and Carl Dreibelbis trace the historical journal
of bead making in Africa. The text is prefaced with an introduction by
bead expert Lois Sherr Dubin and accompanied by 163 color photographs.
African Beads is a showcase for some of the rarest, most beautiful and
most collectible beads in the world...
This is a good sized book and full of high quality photos. It is a
little pricey (now on sale for $59.95). I know they sell them for a
bit less on eBay (starting bid was $49.95) - so.... Since you are
buying for your school library, contact Eliza and see what she can do
Some other books produced by Africa Direct:
Yoruba: An Art of Life--New African Art Book
Zulu Beadwork: Talk with Beads
Kuba Textiles & Design by Elizabeth S. Bennett and Niangi Batulukisi Ph.D
In time, I will purchase the rest of their books - especially the Kuba
Textiles as Eliza is one of the authors. I will ask her to write
something inside for me.
I really like buying from Africa Direct. I am a "small potatoes"
buyer, but they treat me like royalty (smile). Much of the money is
given right back to Africa to help the artisans. I like being able to
help them this way. - plus I get gorgeous stuff!
I am posting this because so many only think of masks when planning
lessons for Africa Art. There is so much more beauty. My own Tip In
pages for the current exchange "Behind the Mask" is turning into
"Beyond the Mask" - with everyone getting a little surprise from me
direct from Africa - it will be "like Christmas".
Future Tip Ins will feature more of my African Art objects. The
current one features a gorgeous Baule Peacock Mask. The previous one
featured some lost wax cast pendants and my verdite (a dark green
stone) elephants - plus images "borrowed" from Africa Direct ("Fair
Use" in my book).
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