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The colors used indicate this was probably a late 70's, early 80's creation. During this phase women began having access to a wide array of colors, inspiring them to depart from traditional pallettes displaying geometric motifs rendered in primary colors, backed by a white background - white was the least expensive and most common seed bead color.
Beaded accessories were made by women of several African tribes for sale to the collector and tourist markets, employing characteristic designs that pleased eye but carried no deeper significance. This kind of work is hand woven, no loom is used, and exhibiting unusual textural motifs such as ridges and scalloped areas. This item boasts 2 ridges spanning the entire length.
While at first this appears to be a belt, the dangles are attached only by beading thread, and don't appear sturdy enough for the frequent tugging and tying a belt requires. This piece looks great as a collar and is stunning worn over black or white. Because of its width and weight this design sits nicely over the shoulders and doesn't slip or slide.
Looks great encircling a large vase, transparent glass lamp base, suspended in a window, or casually coiled in a wide, woven basket. Anyplace where light can illuminate and pass through these stained glass colors! Mounting in a tall, narrow shadow box frame willl show off the design and color beautifully. This is a vintage piece and has some wear, to be expected for older items. In several places a couple of beads have dropped off, and those places have been mended using a powerful bonding agent in place of beading glue.
26 inches of beaded beauty to adorn your neck or home.
2.25 inches wide
Dangles are 12" - 13" each side
Entire length Including the braided cotton dangles: 50 "