Migration of Beadmaking and Beadwork Throughout Africa
African Beadwork Today
Throughout Africa, artists continue the tradition of creating beautiful
works of beaded art, and these artworks retain their prestige within the
African communities. Beadworkers still create crowns for Yoruba kings and
beaded regalia and clothing for Bamum and kuba kings; Ndebele and Maasai
women produce and display their splendid beaded clothing and adornment.
Yet, as it has throughout history, the work of bead artists continues to
evolve. For example, African artists experiment with new materials, including
plastic beads that are imported from Europe, and produce artworks for foreign
patrons, such as expatriates, tourists, and merchants and their customers
from aroun4 the world. This continued interest in African beadwork, both
in and outside Africa, assures that this art-form will continue to flourish.