Thursday, September 2, 2010

Glass beads from Borneo.

Sixty years ago every woman in Borneo wore strands of glass beads. Glass beads were the most desirable commodity among the Dayak tribes for centuries. The bead’s necklaces were inherited by successive generations.

This necklace of glass beads was probably worn by several generations. Most of the beads were manufactured in China in the eighteenth century.

Tribal, colorful necklaces of Borneo have become popular items among collectors of old tribal jewelry in the past 40 years. Thousands of kilograms of glass beads, which were imported in Borneo for 1,000 years, left the island.

Indo-Pacific beads from Majapahit Kingdom, chinese beads, dutch and venetian glass beads, all these stuff has begun to travel again.

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