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The One Stop Shop for Beads in Ghana | Koforidua Beads Market
Beads are a fundamental part of Ghanaian heritage. Not only they testament to the vibrance of Ghanaian creativity, but they also play a significant role in the country's history, rituals and culture.
Koforidua is a town in Eastern Region of Ghana located approximately 80 km from the capital and main commercial centre, Accra. The beads market is believed to have been in existence for over 200 years, previous locations having included open spaces. The current site is a dedicated market facility provided by the local government authority and is a weekly beads and crafts market which happens on a Thursday next to the Koforidua Jubilee Park. Locals are usually happy to give a visitor directions.
The space is filled with a myriad of units varying from shops to open-sided stalls (which look like temporary structures to the visitor) to table top displays. With facilities like these it goes without saying that on a rainy Thursday the market is pretty quiet.
Goods on offer include:
Glass beads raw materials such as broken louvre blades and glass bottles
leather and cowry bags
brass products and artefacts,
wood carvings and,
And anything else which might interest customers. There will, for example be small food and drinks sellers.
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