The World Craft Council hosted Kaivalam an International Craft Summit in Chennai , India . Among the various events taking place there were wonderful exhibits by International crafts persons from all around the world. Though I missed the earlier events held during September end as I was away , I couldnt wait to see the crafts bazaar. Wow what an eyecandy that was !Among the bazaar was the stall from Namibia , ( Do lookup their website at www.omba.org.na )
which had these beaded necklaces and bracelets. At first the jewellery appeared simple to me , but as I got into a conversation with the stall incharge , I was surprised to find that it was made from ostrich egg shells. Wonder of Wonders .....! I had heard of beads made from lots of different natural materials apart from glass or metal but this was the first time I saw ostrich eggshell being made into beads , and I was floored. To my amazement , the oldest known beads have been made from this material , and are still being made even today !
Carrying my prized posession home , I promptly looked up the net , ( my faithful informer ) and was really intrigued by the process of making these beads . It gives a detailed process that goes into making these beads.
Here`s a link to the website
Fantastic isnt it ?