In the remote village of Kapele in northern Côte d'Ivoire, artisans like Dambili Mamouri create beautiful beads from the only material they have to hand - mud from their local river.
The beads are dried in the sun or fired in a kiln, then handpainted.
Some paints come from natural sources - red comes from teak leaves; some are modern chemical paints.
As a visual clue to the size and scale of our beads, we use a Star beer cap in our bead images. Why Star? Because it's the major beer of Ghana where most of our beads are made. Also, on the buy pages, we indicate approximate bead dimensions in millimetres.