Currently used in the fashion industry, cowrie, kowrie or koloni shell was one of the most successful and universal forms of currency in the world. In West Africa though, the humble shell worked its way into the cultural fiber, taking on a deeper symbolic and ritualistic meaning that has never been entirely lost.
2 facts about cowrie shells
In small villages, trade was the elders’ responsibility and privilege.
Europeans had once used the cowrie eagerly.
Caravans of Arab traders were probably the first to introduce the cowrie shell into West Africa, possibly as early as the 8th century.
To find out more about the cowrie shells, visit Cultures of West Africa
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