Beads have for a long time been important in Ghanaian history. They have been used as currency and was one of the primary forms of payment used by Western slave traders. Those original beads, called trade beads, are still found around the country, but if you're interested in buying some, you should tread carefully, be wary of fakes and remakes, and buy from a reputable dealer. More common are beads made from different forms of recycled materials, such as old broken trade beads that are burnt into new beads or beads made of recycled glass - pellets of recycled coke and beer bottles are particularly popular. If nothing else, beads are also made from clay. The industry is centred on the town of Krobo Odumase, a handful kilometres from Kpong, where it's possible to visit the workshops and see how the different beads are made. Places to aim for in the area include Agomanya and Koforidua bead markets, Cedi's Bead Industry and TK Beads. Otherwise, there are plenty of beads for sale on markets around the country.