Quantity: One bead (ONE BEAD)
Sizes: (Approximate) 17x17 mm
Material: solid Brass,
Grade: handmade, irregular,
Details: handmade in Ivory Coast Africa
These are handmade beads, part of their beauty is the craft in making them. Expect some imperfections, this is how they come.
Legend goes that in the 17th century the Baoulé left present day Ghana and traveled west into present day Ivory Coast under the lead of the Queen Pokou. According to oral tradition, the Baoulé were forced to leave Ghana when the Ashanti rose to power. While they were fleeing for their lives they came to the Komoe river which they were unable to cross. With their enemies chasing them they began to throw their most prized possessions into the river. It came to the Queen's attention that their most valuable possession was her son. The Queen realized that she had to sacrifice her son to the river and threw him in. Upon doing so hippopotamuses rose from the river and allowed them to cross, saving their lives. After crossing, the Queen was so upset about losing her son that all she could say was "baouli," meaning: the child is dead. From that point on they were known as the Baoulé
These are made using only humane processes in a fair trade environment.
NOTE: THESE ARE HandMade BEADS, THEREFORE ALL SIZES/NUMBERS PER STRANDS GIVEN ARE APPROXIMATIONS. SOME BEADS MAY BE SLIGHTLY LARGER OR SMALLER THAN THOSE LISTED. WE DO OUR BEST TO MAKE ACCURATE DESCRIPTIONS BUT THESE ARE NATURAL UNTREATED, UNCUT BEADS WE CANNOT BE PRECISE.