I was fortunate this weekend to come across an old Turkish beaded snake....Measuring 5 feet in length, 1.5 - 2 inches in diameter, and crocheted in size 8 seed beads. It is a beautiful piece of art. It was made in 1919 and the side reads "Turkish Prisoners 1919". Curious about the origins of this style of work, I googled "Turkish bead snake" and came across a link to a website: http://www.beadcrochetsnakes.com/
The author of the website, Adele Recklies, has written a book about the history of these snakes called Bead Crochet Snakes. Did you know that POWs wove these snakes to trade for food? Click on the title above to read more about these highly collectible items and to find links to more information. Enjoy!
PS: Adele also offers her book on Etsy!