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April 27, 2011
The Bead Lady

The Bead Lady

Ibu Yekti at work

The Bead Lady
Beautiful Beads

It seems everyone knows about Ibu Yekti and her wonderful collection of beads.  Quietly nestled off  a bustling South Jakarta road in a beautiful joglo style house is a  prodigious and beautiful collection of recycled glass beads.  Upon entering Yekti’s house, one thing becomes clear: she has a remarkable passion for beads.  Yekti’s enthusiasm started some 40 years ago with a simple stroll through Jakarta’s famous antiques market on Jl. Surabaya , where she encountered vendors offering up rare and aesthetically engaging trade beads.  Learning that these beads came from her home town in East Java sparked a personal connection and instant interest in learning more about the history and production process of the beads.  Yekti explains, “before realizing it, I had entered the world of beads; designing and stringing them, and I embarked on something even more fascinating; learning about their history and traditions.  When the antique beads became more and more difficult to find, and thus more and more expensive, I stretched further to try and find out how to copy these beads. With the combined skill of the bead makers in East Java and Surakarta we started producing them.”

Indeed, Yekti’s house now houses thousands of beads, each produced from recycled glass.  What was once a perfume bottle, wine bottle, shard from a glass factory or perhaps a light bulb is now a colorful and durable bead (believe me, Yetki threw one on the floor and it bounced like a ball, due to its inherent density).  In Yekti’s home, and with her guidance, you can create virtually any beaded adornment that your heart desires–and for a very reasonable price too.

Make an appointment if you have the time….After all, Mother’s Day is just around the corner :)

Ibu Yekti:  0811-101-789

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2011 2:22 pm

    Nice work, Melany!! Beautifully written, too! I love that these beautiful beads are the recycled bottles. Reasonable price is very attractive, too. Thanks for sharing!!

    • April 28, 2011 12:29 am

      Thanks Kaho :) It was a pleasure to write (in doing “research” I may have purchased a good amount of lovely beads)

  2. Pamela permalink
    April 27, 2011 3:02 pm

    Everytime you post you set a new standard for yourself. The layout is so professional. Keep it coming. You are on a new path and I am anxiously following along. What’s next?

  3. September 17, 2012 4:25 pm

    Hi Melany!

    What was the address of Ibu Yekti’s bead shop?


    • September 18, 2012 12:03 am

      Hi Nadia : ) It’s been awhile since I stopped in (and every time I go I have to call first to get directions–again : ) But she speaks perfect English and her # is 0811 101 789 or
      797-0948. If you still find you’d like her address, I’d be happy to call her for you. ~Melany.

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