Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ancient Soles - Sandals Get Historical

Bead Fair

Another first! Just ransacked the Hillsboro bead fair to see what other types of beads/stones I can add to sandals and to network with the vendors.

 By FAR, the coolest stand had strands of 18th century beads. Some were bright, vibrant glass beads that were crafted in Venice for trade with Africa. The vendor also had strand after strand of metal beads that just sparkled and shimmered. Some strands were made of recycled bottles. After knocking about Europe for centuries, those strands now resemble beads of seaglass!

Seeing a piece of history at the bead fair was totally unexpected. How cool would some leather sandals laced with old-school trade beads be??? Would you wear sandals with a history? Splash your opinion below!

Brass Beads 

Venetian Beads from the 18th Century for Trade with Africa

Beads from Recycled Bottles. Talk About "Vintage"!