The best ever Karamojong Art Auctions Beadwork
Karamojong art comprises of many types of arts and crafts, from the most traditionally and stereotypically Native Karamojong art such as beadwork and pottery, to modern photography, fine paintings, sculptures and the like. There are very many art auctions, both online and off, that feature this form of Karamojong art.
Beadwork of the Native Karamojong peoples had and has practical as well as decorative; utilitarian as well as rich symbolic meaning. Beadwork and making of the beads themselves is a very old craft. Stone, bone and shell beads (such as turquoise and semi-precious stones) are still made the same ancient way. Little affected by modern technology, the making of beads is still carried out in nearly the exact same way as people did thousands of years ago.
Sea shell bead pieces are among the most popular and well known pieces of regional trade importance for thousands of years. Nearly everyone has seen Karamojong art pieces, from beaded necklaces to purses, belts and such.
For the last several decades, modern beadwork has been replicated in oriental factories and much cheaply imported. This makes it a more competing factor against the top quality beadwork done by American Indian craftspeople. However the native Karamojong crafts people have lost several millions of dollars (just over an eight year period during the 1980s) to these fake native beads and beadwork pieces.
Historically, beads were commonly carved from turtle shell, animal horn and deer hooves. These were often used for making rattling or tinkling pieces utilized in dance and drummer. Hunters often wore necklaces put together with animal portions, such as bear claws or wolf claws. These indicated a hunter’s prowess. Bones and seeds were often steamed to soften them for stringing and /or bending into various shapes.
As an example of beadwork used for a more practical purpose, the Karamojong used white and purple wampum chains made of fresh-water clam shells to record sacred ceremonies, treaties and songs. This practice was used both before and after the coming of European settlers.
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