Two weekends ago, we traveled to a village called Asuofua, where they make beads. This particular family has been making the beads for over 200 years, and has passed the trade down from generation to generation. They make the beads from ground up bottles of glass and cook them for up to two days in an oven that they have made.
|That blue machine in the back grounds up the|
glass bottles, and the powder is transferred into a
|The family built this oven, and David shows us|
how the process works. He is holding one of the molds.
|Again, this is a village. Everything is a lot more|
depressed and rundown, unlike the campus where I am staying.
|My friend Sherry took these cool pictures. Because|
the patterns are so intricate, it could
take a day to make just one long piece of cloth.
|Not only do arms and hands move, but the weaver's feet are active also.|
|The first reminded me of football - if you're the greatest, there|
is always a target on your back (blending cultures, but whatever).
I got the second one because it sounds badass.
We are all hoping to make it to the cultural center eventually, which is apparently a haven for cool Ghanaian things (Christmas presents, anyone?). This Wednesday we are going to try to make it to a pro soccer game after school and this weekend we are taking an overnight trip to go to a monkey sanctuary. Excited is an understatement. I love monkeys.