Waaban Aki
Waaban Aki Crafting ~ Simulated Wampum Beads and Wampum Weaving Craft Supplies

I've been making my unique simulated wampum beads, since 1993.

BEADS & SUPPLIES

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W0-PURPLE




W0-WHITE

W0 Simulated Wampum Beads

I manufacture my own affordable individually-made simulated wampum beads that actually -look- like the Native-made wampum beads of the 1600's. Other types of imitation glass or shell wampum beads available today can lead to frustrating attempts to reproduce durable realistic looking wampum belts. I've found the translucent white and blue glass beads are too skinny; their sharp edges cut even the strongest of threads. The iridescent soft-shell beads, made in Asia and dyed to a purple far too light for quahog, fade after exposure to sun or water to their original white color.

My beads (1cm long x .5 cm diameter), made from hand-mixed acrylic, are sturdy and have the same color, stripes and variation as real quahog and whelk beads, resulting in beads perfect for custom work and museum quality repairs.

In northeastern North America, woven belts of tubular shell beads were traditionally made by Native Americans from the 16th through the 18th century. Wampum beads were made in two colors, white from the whelk shell and purple from the growth rings of the quahog shell. Prehistoric shell beads were large and barrel shaped, usually made from the whelk's spiraling inner columnela. Prehistoric shell beads were scarce because drilling the material was difficult with wide stone drill bits. This proto-wampum would have been traded in ceremonial contexts because of the peoples' connections of shell with water and life giving properties. European traders and politicians, using beads and trinkets, often exploited the traditional system's of gift-exchange to gain Native American favor or territory. Wampum, though taking the form of a longer and more slender bead, was eventually mass produced by the Dutch and other Europeans. As it became more recognized as a formal currency, wampum continued in use until the American Revolution.

Is this your first time weaving a wampum belt?
Click Here for Hints and Tips on Weaving with my simulated wampum beads.

You may combine purple and white amounts for the four-cent discount price.

Please specify amout of White & Purple beads in even lots of 100.

$ 0.06 ea.
(6 cents
each bead)

Discount Price: $0.04 ea. if you order 1000 beads or more.
(4 cents
each bead)

WS1-Lg



WS1-Sm

Quahog Shells

Genuine quahog shells collected from New England beachs. The shells range in shape, condition, and size (from 2 inches to 5 inches) but each shell has some amount of purple on it. The price is for each individual half shell.

$ 3.00
Large shells
3 inches
or wider

$ 1.00
Small shells
less than
3 inches

WS2 Elk Hide Lace - 6 Foot Length

My hand cut elk hide lacing is the perfect leather to use as warp for your wampum weaving projects. Cut from heavy weight (4-6 oz) commercially tanned 'natural smoke' colored elk hide, each piece of lace measures six feet in length (2 yds.), and about a 1/2 cm wide (just less than 1/4 inch wide).

$ 3.00
each
6 foot
length.
WS3 Imitation Sinew - 60 Foot Spool (20 yds.)

Made to mimic deer or elk backstrap sinew. Waxed Nylon string that splits into five separate lengths. The thinner lengths are perfect for use in weaving wampum belts. That's 300 feet of split sinew!

$ 6.00
per
60 ft.
spool

Many of my items are hand-made to-order. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
E-mail Address:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 564
Vernon, CT 06066

1997- Waaban Aki Crafting
My products are historically researched reproductions and can NOT be labled 'Native American Made'; Please read about Waaban Aki Crafting

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