Beads are worn by many people in Ghana. Every shape, size and color imaginable will be seen around wrists, necks, waists and ankles. The Ghanaian bead making process uses bauxite, iron, shell, clay, bone and recycled glass. Made by men, it takes several years of apprenticeship to be able to form some of the intricate patterns associated with African beads.
A set of bead factories and bead markets are in close proximity to each other, These include the following:
- TK Beads, near Accra, 10 minutes north of the Adenta junction.
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- The Thursday bead market at Koforidua, capital of the Eastern Region, has one of the biggest selections of beads in Ghana.
- Cedi’s Bead Factory
About 3km north of Somanya, heading towards Kpong.
- Dan’s Beaded Handicrafts
About 3km south of Kpong on the Accra road.
- Abompe Traditional Bead Making Village
Various tours and workshops allow visitors to see every aspect of creating bauxite beads, from a tour of the bauxite mines to a full-day bead-making workshop. About 10 minutes north of the Bunso junction, just past Anyinam on the Accra-Kumasi road.
- The Agomanya market on Wednesdays and Sundays is an exceptional display of beads. About 3km from Kpong on the Somanya-Kpong road.
Gold and other jewelry can also be found throughout Ghana. But exercise caution when approached by anyone offering to sell you gold or diamonds. Keep your purchases of these items to an accredited retailer.
The Anglogold Ashanti mining company operates the world’s richest single gold mine by output at Obuasi in the Ashanti Region, 85 km south of Kumasi. After South Africa, Ghana is now the second largest gold producer in Africa. Tours of the mine can be arranged and gold fashions and accessories are plentiful here to purchase.