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Cedi Beads Showroom

After the bead tour, we were then brought to the showroom.

There were some beautiful beads there and at very reasonable prices.

Cedi Beads sells only their top quality beads in their own showroom. The ones that they reject are sold to bead sellers who sell them at the Agomanya and Koforidua bead markets.

I bought only bracelets here, some for me and some for friends. The most expensive ones I got were only two cedis each. The rest were one cedi each. Veronica and Edna bought some beads, also. I got about 12 cedis worth, and the owner gave us each a free bracelet.

For bead lovers, Cedi Beads is a wonderful experience!

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Once the beads have cooled, they’re painted.  Each individual bead, individually hand painted. Then they are sent back to the ovens for another firing.

After the second firing and cooling, the beads are scrubbed with sand and water for polishing.

Then they are rinsed and dried.  Finished!

Ready for sorting and threading.

Beads are threaded onto raffia strings into strands ready for sale.

Making necklaces for the showroom.

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Cedi Beads

One of the best areas for bead shopping in Ghana is the Odumase-Krobo area, a string of villages that stretches from Somanya to Kpong in the Eastern Region.

Cedi Beads isn’t far from the Agomanya market, maybe 20 minutes away.  Even with the help of the beautifully hand-painted sign, the turnoff is easy to miss if you’re not watching carefully.

The grounds were very pretty. Photography is encouraged.

Cedi Beads isn’t mechanized in any way.  This is another local industry that produces traditional crafts without the aid of electricity.

There are several workshops, again open air but covered with tin roofs.

In each area there were three or four people working on one of the beadmaking processes.

After an initial flurry of picture taking of the grounds and buildings right after our arrival, we settled here in the plastic chairs for the beginning of the beadmaking tour.

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Agomanya Bead Sellers

 

Although Saturday is a regular market day, a lot of stalls in the beads area were empty.

Despite the fact that about half or more of the stalls in the bead area were empty, there was still a dazzling selection.

New beads were very reasonably priced at the Agomanya market. Typical price for new beads were two bracelets for one cedi. The exchange rate at the time was US$1 = 1.5 Ghana cedis, so the two-bracelet strands were only about seventy cents.

Vendor untying the strands of blue beads which I was about to buy.

All you had to do was decide on a color. They had every color you’d ever need.

It was almost overwhelming, in the very best way.

Got a chevron bracelet strand for 8 cedis.

Edna and I didn’t spend a full hour buying beads when we were ready to go back to the car.  If it hadn’t been so brutally hot, I would have stayed much longer.

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Agomanya Market

One of the best areas for bead shopping in Ghana is the Odumase-Krobo area, a string of villages that stretches from Somanya to Kpong in the Eastern Region. The village of Agomanya has a twice-weekly large bead market, a pilgrimage I had to make.


Saturday Sammy drove us to the Agomanya bead market.

From Somanya to Agomanya, just as the Bradt guide said, it was a string of villages with no separation between them. I liked the area very much.

One small portion of the large and busy Agomanya market

The Agomanya market was very busy and animated.

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In Accra’s Makola Market area, we checked out a number of cloth shops. No luck finding any gauze cotton material I was hoping for so I could get a pair of pants made, so after asking at a half dozen shops, I gave up.

Vendor displaying the olive batik cloth that I bought.

A lot of the currently popular wax prints I didn’t care for, either the design or the color, but finally Edna showed me to one area where there were a half dozen cloth sellers that had some batiks and prints I really liked. Prices for 4 yards of a good quality batik was 8 cedis (roughly US$3 a yard). I ended up buying three different batik pieces for Edna to make me tunics.

We then went to Edna’s shop where I picked up the clothing I had given her for repairs and alterations a few days before when she came to the house to take my measurements. She hemmed my wrapper while I waited.  In a few days, when the tunics which she would make with the cloth bought today are finished, she would bring them to the house.

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I definitely had kente fever. A few steps away after buying my first cloth, another store beckons.

Oh, wow! My rationalization mechanism was working overtime:  what am I going to do with it? I don’t sew, and I won’t cut it! My advice:  don’t even bother trying to rationalize it. Just buy it if you love it!

A few doors down, some smocks were hanging up for sale and one caught my eye. The price was 30 cedis, half what I paid in Bolga.  I bought it.

In Adanwomase, prices are already at rock bottom, so if you go there know that no one is trying to gouge the tourist. If that isn’t enticement enough, the Adanwomase villagers have signed a pledge, worked out with the Visitor’s Center and a Peace Corps Volunteer assigned to their area, that villagers promise not to beg tourists for money or hassle them in any way.  So respectful are they that my presence didn’t attract the usual gaggle of children. I kind of missed that!

Unfortunately, when I get shopping fever the  photography suffers. That’s why I have no photos of the village itself. I was too distracted by all the beautiful kente for sale.

It was so hot. Fortunately there was a shop open that was selling sodas. Cold ones, even! And, oh, yeah, they also had some kente for sale.

I had my golden kente, so I thought I’d treat myself to one more piece in a different color.

There was another shop open on the way back to the visitor’s center where I found a pattern in green and purple that I liked.

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