History : African
As early as the 15th century, European explorers brought African trade
beads with them as the world’s first global currency. The intricate
patterns and luminous depth of color in these glass beads create an
irresistible allure to people all over the world.
I first saw African trade beads in an ethnic trading shop in SoHo- New
York City- in the early 1980’s. Over the years, I gathered them which
lead to my extensive collection. On one of my visits to Japan, I had
the opportunity to learn kumihimo, the ancient art of Asian knotting.
It was a natural connection for me to combine African trade beads with
kumihimo. This is a reflection of my experience of East meets West .