1. This is what a whole ostrich egg looks like. The little hole on top was once open for using the eggshell as a container for storing water or as a cup.

2.  As you can see here, a whole ostrich egg is broken down into small pieces, which are going to be turned into beads.

3. After the ostrich eggshell has been broken into smaller pieces, holes are bored into them to become beads, using a stick called /xah/xahni. At the end of the stick is a sharp wire. As you can see in this photo, a Ju/’hoan lady is busy boring holes.

4. After holes have been bored into the small pieces of shell, another tool which is sharper is used to open up the holes in order to make beads.

5. In this process the beads are strung onto a very long thread – the length of this depends on the number of beads. Then that string of beads is put on a hard surface and a special rough stone is used to make the edges of the beads smooth, so that they are level and the same size. There is gender equality in this process – anyone can do it.

6. This is the stone that is used for making the edges of the beads smooth. You can either buy it in a tool shop or get it from the bush.

7. After the edges of the beads are smooth, a thread made of animal sinew is used to create different designs – necklaces, bracelets, you name it. In this picture there are a few examples.

8. In this picture, you can see girls from my neighbourhood showcasing the crafts.