As a designer, I find that African beaded art demonstrates how the intrinsic use of color, texture and symbolism can play a role in the creation of unique African-inspired spaces. Introduced to the people of sub-Saharan Africa in the sixteenth century, and central to the Yoruba, Bamum and Bamileke peoples, these beaded works reflect their changing social and political situations.
While we tend to look at these works as historic artifacts, there are similar pieces available in the market which can be included in interior design schemes. If you are in New York this week, be sure to visit the Brooklyn Museum and take the tour. You’ll love it.
For more detailed information on Yoruba beaded art, click here. Smith College’s Museum of art is featuring the exhibit, “African Beaded Art, Power and Adornment” until June 15.