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This wind chime features skills of Ghanaian craftsmanship passed down through generations. Recycled bottles are crushed, added to hand-formed clay molds and fired in a kiln to form circular glass beads the color of sea and sky. The wire frame is forged and hammered by hand. Maker Dan Doku learned the art from his grandfather; Ghana is famous for its various glass beads, used throughout history as currency and for ceremonies.
HANDCRAFTED IN GHANA
Dan Beaded Handicraft, based in Dumasi-Krobo, Ghana, specializes in metal and bead work. Most of the artisans are from the local community.Dan Beaded Handicraft was established in 1989 by Dan Tey Doku and his wife, Janet Teye, as a carpentry, joinery, bead-making and metalwork shop. Now, specializing in bead and metal work, the group produces metal and recycled glass bead home decor products such as candleholders, plate stands, towel racks, recycled glass bead fashion accessories and jewelry.Dan Beaded Handicraft has received training and support through the West Africa Trade Hub (WATH), a program of USAID that works with a range of small to mid-size businesses in West Africa. WATH's goal is to help facilitate trade in the international market for businesses in this region. Ten Thousand Villages began purchasing from Dan Beaded Handicraft in 2008.