Beading had always been a favorite hobby of our ancestors. Back in the days when there was no such thing as the internet, people were more into physical hobbies such as beading. They would artistically design their favorite designs by hand. However, beading was not only a hobby back in those days. Instead, it was a profession. Our ancestors used to make a decent income from this ‘profession,’ but sadly, the beading design is very rare today. The art has seemingly vanished, even though some folks are still interested in the old design.
Meet Rae Merasty, a California-based beader who stitches her ideas through beading. The idea of beading is not archaic, she argues. Instead, the world has developed so fast that we have forgotten the true hobby of our ancestors. Fair enough! Rae is referring to beading and according to her, people in the past used to find solace in beading. They would garner their ideas through stitching.
Today, we share our ideas on the internet. Whatever comes to our mind, we put it on the internet. Many people tune into these ‘posts’ online and express their thoughts. Beading, on the other hand, is more inclusive than what we do today. It is beautiful and presents a sense of aestheticism.
Essentially, beading is more inclusive. It allows us to understand other cultures around the world. Unlike other ‘novel’ designs, beading gives us a pristinely clear window of indigenous communities that often go unnoticed. There is a deep knowledge lying in numerous indigenous communities. And beading is an inevitable way to dive deep into these cultures.
Beading is A Language of the Past
For Rae, beading is more than just an art. Rather, it is a language of the past that serves as a reminder of our ancestors.
Essentially, it walks us through the past. Beading makes us walk through the ruins of the past. The forgotten past that gets buried in history is told in the language of beading deading designs.
A Window to the Future
Beading is not just an ambassador of the past, Rae suggests. Instead, it shows us a pathway forward. According to Rae, not only we can walk through the past via beading, but we can also see what lies ahead of us.
Through beading, we can preserve our past and present art form, Rae affirms. This way, we can create a pathway to a bright literary future. All through beading.
Thus, beading speaks the language of the past, present, and future – all at the same time. What Rae suggests is that every one of us should have a passion for beading – as she has.