Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Where Botany & Beadwork Collide

botany beadsIf you've always wondered about seeds used as beads - their identification and origins - look no further. Written by Ruth Smith, Botanical Beads of the World is a compendium of true* seed beads used in decorative arts from around the world. The manuscript contains images and information about how seeds were used by indigenous people. It's a great resource. To see this wonderful book online, click on the title above.

*as opposed to glass seed beads, so named because they look like tiny seeds. Embroidered bag with sandalwood beads necklace is from therainforestsite.com (Click on image to view)

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1 comment:

Dianne said...

Thank you so much for the botanical beads link. Fascinating. At one time, I had a few botanical bead pieces. Alas, I didn't appreciate them and gave them away.